For centuries lots of people had difficulties with what the scientist say and with what is written in the Bible. Lots of people do think they are not compatible.
Several people are convinced that the Bible is just a collection of meaningless stories or of quirky insanity stories.
You may wonder if the Hebrew Bible is really a bunch of tales with no value to a historian. Lots of people are convinced that archaeology holds the keys to truth instead. Though they seem to overlook that in the past already several scientists and archaeologists had to change their minds and adapt their stories.
Looking at both the stories being told in the Bible and in the world of archaeology, we may find that both have their limitations.
The eminent American archaeologist, specialising in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times, William G. Dever attempts to marry archaeology and the Bible in his article “Whom Do You Believe—The Bible or Archaeology?” in the May/June 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.
It is fair to acknowledge that Biblical archaeology had failed to deliver the evidence that the founding fathers of the discipline—William F. Albright and George E. Wright—thought it would in support of the Bible as history. But as much as Biblical archaeology fell short of the quest to “prove the Bible,” it helped to show just how misguided those initial expectations from Biblical archaeology were. As a result, many scholars have grown suspicious of the Biblical text, rejecting even the most central narratives of early Bible history, such as the Exodus, the military conquest of Canaan, the existence of the United Monarchy and, most recently, the very historicity of figures such as Saul, David or Solomon.
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For William G. Dever’s latest thoughts on this multi-layered and slippery subject, read his article “Whom Do You Believe—The Bible or Archaeology?” in the May/June 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, where Dever attempts to demonstrate how we can marry archaeology and the Bible in the study of ancient Israel.