Biblical Archaeology

A forum for modern scholarly approaches to studying the world of the Bible and the Biblical text itself. These include archaeology, Semitic philology, literary and form criticism, etc. Despite the religious significance of the Bible, modern Bible scholarship has little to do with traditional religious interpretation. Rather, it seeks to discover the Bible's ancient cultural context and its original meaning as intended by its authors. In order to do so, it must explore the world surrounding ancient Israel, from Mesopotamia to the Aegean, from Egypt to Anatolia, and even farther afield. Please contribute any knowledge or ideas you have regarding this topic, or feel free to pose a question. In the words of the Deuteronomist: hazak ve'ematz!