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Archaeology

John R. Bartlett

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Archaeology

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This chapter focuses on the contribution of archaeology to biblical scholarship. It begins with a discussion of the archaeological task and basic archaeological practice, the contribution. It is argued that archaeology certainly supplements the contribution of the historical texts to our knowledge of the history, culture, and religion of ancient Israel and early Christianity. Archaeology can present the physical history of a site and clarify the cultural context of a particular stratum of that site. However, without written material whether derived from literature, monumental or more ephemeral inscriptions, or from public or private documents written on papyri or leather archaeology is limited.

Keywords: biblical scholarship; biblical archaeology; archaeological practice

Chapter.  4676 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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