Hardcover: 460 pages
Publisher: Baylor University Press (October 15, 2018)
If you are a reader of BAR (Biblical Archaeology Review), or a contributor to the magazine, as I am, you will know that archaeology is on the one hand a science, and on the other hand an art, an art that involves piecing together
by the sea of Galilee known as Magdala. While Richard Bauckham is listed as the editor of the volume, he is also overwhelmingly the main contributor to the volume, though various of his chapters are informed by the archaeological reports of those actually involved in the digs themselves. There are some seven chapters in whole or part written by archaeologists, and then there are five chapters written just by Richard, and they make up the majority of the book. The fascinating and groundbreaking chapter on the fishing industry at the sea of Galilee is some 80+ pages long, and readers of the NT will find this chapter especially helpful. In fact, this chapter alone makes the book well worth the purchase, and in my opinion this whole volume should be nominated for archaeological book of the year in the BAR poll of things. Richard is very measured and careful in his approach to the evidence unearthed at
intentionally meant to convey the sense of the dig being ‘a work in progress’ so there is no final chapter drawing dramatic conclusions. Sometimes the evidence is elusive, sometimes allusive, and sometimes reasonably clear. Such is the nature of the work of archaeology.
In the coming posts, I will be having a conversation with by friend Richard about the book.