The contributors in this book use the most recent research in key areas - the early settlements of Israel, early Israelite religion, Qumran, Jerusalem, early Christian churches - to show that ancient writings and modern archaeology can illuminate each other, but only when used with professional care. The essays represent a new generation of archaeologists and historians, with new social, political and religious concerns who draw a fresh and vital picture of the emergence of ancient Israel.
'This is a most useful and very well illustrated collection of essays for those seeking up-to-date information on the present state of archaeology and biblical interpretation. It demonstrates the fruits of independent assessment of the archaeological evidence and how this can challenge our reconstructions which have for so long been based on textual evidence alone.' - Dr. Anne McKinley, Search: A Church of Ireland Journal