Eerdmans blog has weighed in on the Talpiot issue with a post offering four good sane alternatives to bad archaeology. And since I’ve mentioned Jodi’s before and Dever’s just the other day, I’m glad they’ve done so. Speaking of Dever’s
In this book William Dever — who has spent more than thirty years conducting archaeological excavations in the Near East – addresses the question that must guide every good historian of ancient Israel: What was life really like in those days?
Dever presents his answers in a book that is far from a run-of-the-mill “history of Israel.” Writing as an expert archaeologist who is also a secular humanist, Dever relies on archaeological data, over and above the Hebrew Bible, for primary source material. He focuses on the lives of ordinary people in the eighth century B.C.E. — not kings, priests, or prophets — people who left behind rich troves of archaeological information but who are practically invisible in “typical” histories of ancient Israel. Illustrated by photos, maps, charts, site plans, and specially commissioned drawings, Dever’s work brings vividly to life a world long buried beneath dusty texts and stony landscapes.
The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel is set for release next month but is available for preorder now.
The volumes that Eerdmans mentions are all great antidotes to nonsense.