BAR 36:05, Sep/Oct 2010
In Their Own Words
As the archaeology of the land of Israel has become more scientific and rigorous in its standards, so too has it limited its ability to appeal to a broader audience interested in Biblical issues. In this excerpt from a newly published encyclopedia on Judaica,1 archaeologist Shimon Gibson warns that future attempts to streamline the scholarly publication of archaeological reports through electronic media may further alienate this wider audience.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s there was a boom of archaeological endeavors in Israel ... With the growth of scientific specialization and with the clear distancing of the discipline from that of Biblical studies since the 1990s and into the 2000s, archaeology, unfortunately, no longer holds the same interest for the general public that it once had ...