Archaeology and the Bible by John Laughlin

By John Laughlin

Archaeology and the Bible examines new advancements in archaeological unearths within the close to East, quite Palestine, which are with regards to the Bible. more recent box methodologies, local surveys and inventive syntheses have all had an effect on conventional ways to taking a look at those discoveries. John C. H. Laughlin examines those new advancements and discusses what they indicate for religious study.

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These include Tel Dan, Tel Abel Beit Ma‘acah, Tel Qadesh, Hazor, Megiddo, Ta‘anach, Beth-Yerah and Beth Shan. 19 One of the major architectural characteristics of this period was the erection of massive fortifications. The wall at Megiddo, for example, was 25 feet thick, and major fortifications were erected at ‘Ai and elsewhere. The defensive wall at Arad was over 3800 feet long! Nevertheless, despite such constructions, by 2300 BC, these great fortified tells had either been abandoned or destroyed.

Once this task has been completed, the site is usually divided into fields or areas designated by numbers or letters. At Banias, we used letters: Areas A, B, C and so on. ” Each area or field is drawn on a “top plan,” usually on a 1:50 scale. This plan is oriented on a north–south axis and divided into a grid composed of squares. These squares are normally represented as measuring 5 meters in length on each side. However, this is a purely arbitrary number, and each excavator may choose to modify the size of the grid to meet his or her own objectives.

6 However, there is now evidence that bronze was known, at least during the EB IV period. This evidence is in the form of bronze daggers found in an EB IV tomb in the Huleh Valley near ‘Enan. There is also literary evidence that bronze was known in Syria (Ebla) by the 24th century BC (Palumbo 1991: 107–8). 6). 6 Map showing Early Bronze Age sites 42 The Neolithic through the Early Bronze Age simply have not been found. But for the entire 1400-year period, thousands of sites (including both settlements where people actually lived, and burial grounds) have been discovered.

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