The Bible and Archaeology
|by Mattieu Richelle|
| Retail: $14.95|
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Pub Date: May 2018
Item Number: 709119
Categories: Archaeology and Biblical History; Biblical Studies and Interpretation
The Bible and Archaeology is a brief, popular (but very informed and up-to-date) introduction on the relationship between the Bible and archaeology. Material culture (i.e., artifacts) and the biblical text illuminate each other in various ways, but laypeople—especially those who consider the biblical text sacred—rarely have a nuanced understanding of how this process works or how archaeological discoveries should be interpreted. This book provides an irenic and balanced perspective on this issue, showing how texts and artifacts are in a fascinating “dialogue” with one another that sheds light on the meaning and importance of both. The emerging picture is a rich and complex one that enlivens our understanding of the Bible and helps us appreciate its message and the historical and cultural contexts in which it was written, and that helps us be realistic about the limits of our knowledge.
Dr. Matthieu Richelle is Professor of Old Testament at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Évangélique, a Protestant seminary in Vaux-sur-Seine, France (just northwest of Paris). He also teaches courses in the École Pratique des Hautes Études, the division of the Sorbonne University from which he received his PhD. Richelle is the author of dozens of scholarly and popular articles on the Bible and the history and inscriptions of Syria-Palestine, as well as the author of several books (in French), including A Guide to Old Testament Exegesis, Understanding Genesis 1–11 Today, and Ammonite, Moabite, and Edomite Inscriptions.