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What Do Old, Dirty, Broken Pieces Of Pottery Have To Do With The Bible?

By David A. Fiensy

Archaeology! The very word sounds exciting. If you grew up watching the Indiana Jones films, you picture him in his dashing outfit (inexplicably carrying a bullwhip!), robbing tombs of priceless museum pieces and enduring threats to his life in the process. How exciting! Many of us dream of such a career.

If, on the other hand, you did not watch those films, chances are you find archaeology rather boring and arcane. You may be like some of my students when I pass around potsherds from the Middle East and invite them to take a piece as a keep-sake: “But these are just dirty, old pieces of pottery! Who would want one of them?” What does this ugly relic have to do with studying the Bible? See complete essay


Continuing Life in Kings

By Graeme Auld

I had already argued in Kings without Privilege (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1994), that the material shared by Kings and Chronicles, the so-called “synoptic text”, was the base text to which the rest of Kings was added; and I subsequently nicknamed this shared text the “Book of Two Houses” (BTH), because its topic was the story over some four centuries of the Jerusalem Temple (the house of YHWH) and of the Jerusalem dynasty (the house of David). My more recent research has explored the distinctiveness within (Samuel and) Kings of the material shared with Chronicles. See complete essay


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