Dr Eilat Mazar: Bible in One Hand, Spade in the Other

Following a radio interview here two days ago is, as expected, Christianity Today’s profile on Dr Eilat Mazar: Archaeology’s Rebel: Bible in One Hand, Spade in the Other. That’s the title. It follows thus: When the ribbon was cut to dedicate Jerusalem’s newest archaeological attraction last summer, Eilat Mazar stood among the dignitaries like a proud parent. The…

The Death of Biblical Minimalism

In Associates for Biblical Research: The May/June 2011 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review is an exciting one. On the cover, some of the topics of the issue are listed, at the top of which are the words, “The End of Biblical Minimalism.” Minimalists are those who believe that only the barest minimum of the Bible…

Maximalists vs Minimalists: A Good Survey

Via Bible Places.com: If you think that archaeology is boring, you should take thirty minutes this weekend and read Asaf Shtull-Trauring’s article in the Haaretz magazine.  This lengthy piece interviews the major players in the chief dispute in Israeli archaeology today.  Those familiar with the minimalist-maximalist debate over the United Kingdom of Israel will find…