Biblical Archaeology In Perspective

Kris Hirst of offered her suggestions for the “Top Ten Archaeology News Stories of the Decade.” And guess what? Only one, the looting of the Iraq National Museum, came close to the concerns of the focused student of the Hebrew Bible. Does this upset me? Not at all. Ancient Near Eastern archaeology produced many things of abnormal interest over the last ten years. I just don’t think any were as important to archaeology as a discipline or to our understanding of the history of our own species as the ten stories Kris chose. I might quibble with one or two of her choices but I really wouldn’t add a thing from my own area of interest. Many stories about Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Hellenistic Near Eastern archaeology were of abnormal interest but, in the big picture, they just weren’t all that important.