SKU (ISBN): 9781563383892
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: November 2002
Publisher: Trinity Press International
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Archaeology seems to have become an active partner in the attempt to prove the historical truth of the Bible. Biblical archaeologists have gone to the field in search of Noah’s ark or the walls of Jericho, as if the finding of these artifacts would make the events of scripture somehow more true or real.
Thomas Thompson is one of the most vocal contemporary critics of biblical archaeology. His simple but powerful thesis is that archaeology cannot be used in the service of the Bible. Focusing on the patriarchal narratives_the stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob_he demonstrates that archaeological research simply cannot historically substantiate these stories.
Going further, Thompson says that archaeological materials should never be dated or evaluated on the basis of written texts. Looking to the patriarchal narratives in Genesis, he concludes that these stories are neither historical nor were they intended to be historical. Instead, these narratives are written as expressions of Israel’s relationship to God.
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