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The Politics of Biblical Archaeology

I found this a fascinating read at Inside Catholic:

Insofar as it touches on questions of ethnic origin and national identity, archaeology can be a contentious field. Nowhere is this more true than in present day Israel/Palestine, where every new discovery or theory must travel through a political filter that often does more to shape a scholar's opinion than do the cold facts of the debate.

This problem is illustrated well in Robert Draper's excellent feature story, "Kings of Controversy," in the current issue of National Geographic. In it, Draper traces the fiery -- often nationalistic -- dispute over the historicity of Kings David and Solomon, and their 10th century BC kingdom.
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Barbara said...

Finkelstein is bad enough but that Greenberg guy wants to look at that era from what amounts to a Marxist/feminist perspective. How nuts is that?

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