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Archaeology, an essential complement to the Bible?
The Bible through the ages, and it does not change. Archaeology continues to grow thanks to new digs, update documents, objects and implementation of sophisticated scientific methods. Knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the Bible can it affect our faith?
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Bible and Archaeology
An exploration of the history and culture
of ancient civilizations
Alfred Hoerth and John Mc Ray
First edition, Bible Archaelogy, Lion Hudson, 2005
League for reading the Bible, Mulhouse, 2009
Alfred Hoerth led the archaeological section
at Wheaton College where he taught for
nearly thirty years. John Mc Ray is professor
New Testament and Archaeology Wheaton College and the author of Paul: his life and Teaching.
This well-researched book provides
to represent a very real life and
the work of men of God and read the texts
Bible with even more interest.
Richly illustrated with photos, diagrams
and color maps.
For over a century, an extensive literature attempts to show how archaeological discoveries in the Middle East contribute to a better knowledge of the world of the Bible. Therefore revisions published by archaeologists works are needed regularly. The Bible does not change.
The Bible in the light of archeology
JA Thompson
Revised Edition, 1988
League for reading the Bible, Guebwiller
Dr. John Arthur Thompson, professor of Old Testament, was for many years director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology. He participated with the American schools of oriental research in the excavations of the Roman Dibon and Jericho.
This book is richly illustrated (black and white), is useful as an introduction to the broad field of biblical archeology. The first section examines the archeology and the Old Testament.
The second traces the decline and fall of Israel, and the third describes the time of the NT.
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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.

Archaeology and Biblical narration address

History not the same angle

Exciting clarification is obtained
by comparing the two impressions.

Archaeology has questions

and different priorities.

Biblical archeology is a recent science. It was not until 1822 that we solved the mystery of Egyptian hieroglyphics by deciphering the Rosetta Stone. As the Assyrian cuneiform, we did decrypted more than 20 years later. We undertook systematic excavations in Assyria from 1843 and Egypt in 1850. Difference in the proposed dates, relative value entries, problems deciphering and translation suggest caution.
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The Archeology of the New Testament
The life of Jesus and the Beginning of the Early Church
Jack Finegan, Princeton New Jersey, 1992
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Archeology of the Bible: Book by Book
Gaalyah Cornelf,
David Noel Freedman
A & Ch Black, London, 1976
In fact, the archaeological debate has little impact on the biblical narrative. Archaeology and the Biblical narrative does not address the history at the same angle. Archaeology has questions and different priorities. The Bible contains written information about events or characters from the past. Archaeology, she tries to find information on these events and characters by scrutinizing every trace of them as the ground can still deliver, but these remains are usually very incomplete and open to various interpretations.
necessary to faith?
Biblical archeology,
A recent science
and relative

a big puzzle?

Understanding the biblical world through archeology could be compared to the construction of a large puzzle. The pieces appear, they are put up in the place that seems appropriate ... but it may be that the next discovery demonstrates that their placement was bad, their position was also good. Therefore revisions are required regularly. The Bible does not change.
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Stones that speak ...
Lights on archaeological sites and biblical times
Alan Millard, Excellis 1997
This book is a synthesis of two published books. "Written by a leading expert in the world of the Bible, a remarkable information" Henri Gazelles, Professor at the Catholic Institute
"For over a century, an extensive literature attempts to show how archaeological discoveries in the Middle East contribute to a better knowledge of the world of the Bible. Some use of archeology to prove the Bible true adit, according to others it is not the science that will allow us to study the facts as old. "(Page 7).
One of the greatest archaeologists of our time, the first director of the Louvre, André Parrot tells his life almost entirely devoted to the discovery of some of the oldest civilizations, including ancient Mesopotamia. Two books among many others:
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The Adventure of Archaeology
André Parrot
Editions Robert Laffont,
Paris, 1979
For nearly forty
years at Tell Hariri on
Middle Euphrates, near
the border of Iraq,
he found and resurrected one of the most prestigious capitals of the ancient East which virtually nothing was known: Mari ...
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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. Living stories where the spirit of a man animated by a passion for discovery.
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The archeology and religion of Israel
William Foxwell Albright
JK Westminster Press, 2006
First edition 1942
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On stone and clay
Inscriptions in Hebrew and Old Testament
Henri Michaud

Papers in Archaeology
Bible # 10
Delachaux & Niestlé 1958
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.

Knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the Bible can it have an impact

our faith?

"Faith is the assured expectation of
things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not seen. "- Hebrews 11:1
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, Yahweh God. The Bible "is alive and powerful." With or without archeology, the Bible gives a true meaning to the present and informs the future.
Paris, July 2011

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