everybody…put the camel bones down and step away before someone gets hurt

Camel bones and the Bible have made the news lately, as in this online article, which is pretty sober and worth reading. The scholarly article that started all this recent hubbub can be found here, which sports the perfectly boring scholarly title “The Introduction of Domestic Camels into the Southern Levant: Evidence from the Aravah [Read More...]

theology makes so much more sense when little bunnies show you the way

James McGrath posted the following on his blog about the type of reasoning one often finds among creationists. It is also applicable to certain strands of apologetics concerning Israelite history vis-a-vis the challenges of archaeology. Plus, they’re cute bunnies.   [Read more...]

How to avoid biblical archaeology food fights: one archaeologist’s advice

This recent post by Steven Collins concerning the role of archaeology and the Bible (namely, the Old Testament) is worth looking at. I don’t endorse it completely, but I find what he has to say generally to be a good starting point. Read it for yourself and see what you think. Collins’s main issue is with [Read More...]

Archaeology and the Exodus Story as a “Mnemo-Narrative” (and no cracks about “finding mnemo” please)

Below is a half-hour video passed on to me a while back by an archaeologist friend of mine. It is of a lecture given by Israeli archaeologist Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University. The lecture is entitled, “Can Archaeological Correlates for the Mnemo-Narrative of Exodus be Found?” I think I embed the video properly, but if not, [Read More...]

3 Things I Would Like to See Evangelical Leaders Stop Saying about Biblical Scholarship

On occasion I come across some sweeping public claims made by Evangelical leaders about the state of biblical scholarship. These claims may be genuinely felt, but they are still false, though they persist in the Evangelical subculture. 1. Historical Criticism is either dying or at least losing momentum in academia. Rather than assuming that the Bible [Read More...]


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