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The Adventure of Archaeology
by André Parrot
The archaeological adventure is not an adventure easy. André Parrot through hardships, lived dramas, experienced ups and downs in those sites where the team sometimes as important as the scientific competence. This book is a vivid account where the spirit of a man animated by a passion for discovery.
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The Adventure of Archaeology
André Parrot
Editions Robert Laffont, Paris, 1979
One of the greatest archaeologists
of our time tells his life almost
entirely devoted to the discovery of some of the oldest civilizations, including ancient Mesopotamia.
Died in Paris in 1980, the son of a pastor ('I never questioned my membership in the Lutheran church, though it was minor' pge 13)
is the first director of the Louvre Museum.
Former chief curator of the Museums
National, Professor at the Ecole du Louvre
he was head of the archaeological mission of Mari.
This is particularly illustrated in Larsa, the former rival of Ur, at Lagash (Tello), at the confluence of the Tigris and the Euphrates, where he successfully continued the excavations initiated in the XIX th century.
For nearly forty years,
Tell Hariri in the Middle Euphrates,
near the border of Iraq,
he found and resurrected one of
most prestigious capitals of the ancient Orient
which virtually nothing was known: Mari ...
Twenty-one excavations have
André Parrot allowed to rebuild
the turbulent history since Mari
III to the fourth millennium th century av.n.è.
Husband was finally wiped out by
Hammurabi, king of Babylon. But the thousands of tablets of "his royal archives" are
for her most vivid of posthumous revenge.
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This model of the palace of Mari, called complex 'architectural gem archaic', reflects the brilliant civilization that was the city-state of Mari, destroyed by Hammurabi around 1760 BC NS Presumably the Jews went to the ruins when they were taken into exile in Babylon.
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Model of the ruins of the palace of Mari   
SN Richelieu Room 2
The discovery of this site
which has delivered more than 15,000 tablets
clay engraved in cuneiform
helped to better understand the world in which Abraham lived.
André Parrot, archives "reveal striking similarities between peoples and they mention that the Old Testament tells us the time of the patriarchs" (page 180). Some of the documents mentioned Peleg, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Haran, names found in the story of Genesis as being those of the ancestors of Abraham. - Genesis 11:17-26.

Biblical archeology has the undeniable merit of having enriched

our understanding of

the world of the Bible.

These episodes from the Old Testament that had fed my youth, I convinced myself that they must be placed in their geographical scope, in their historical context and understanding of the sacred text could only gain. (Page 14)
Overall archeology tends to confirm the historical value of the biblical narrative. But she can not deny the biblical story conclusively. It can, against reviving the material world in which the Bible refers. What looked like a great place? What aspect was an antique mirror? Such information would increase our understanding of the text. Archaeology also supplements the historical narrative, sometimes with a different story. Finally, it is about the life and thought of ancient Israel's neighbors, and illuminates the intellectual context in which the Israelite thought developed.
necessary to faith?
"Faith is the assured expectation of things
hoped for, the evident demonstration
of realities though not seen. "

Hebrews 11:1

Biblical archeology has the undeniable merit of having enriched our understanding of the world of the Bible. But that science has its limits. The objects found must be interpreted, and the interpretation is subject to human error and changes. The Christian faith is not based on shards of pottery, brick or decaying walls in ruins, but the harmonious spiritual truths contained in the Bible. It is the Bible, this collection of written documents, which gives the sharpest of the past image of man, and it came up today, not through archaeological excavations, but because it been preserved by its author. The Bible "is alive and powerful."
"The stones will cry out," Jesus once said. While there is a language of stones, but as noted by André Parrot, it is also appropriate to hear the witnesses that we have mentioned. They were the contemporary events that can not be ignored believers and agnostics, as they forever marked the history of mankind.
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