ReViews: Biblical Archaeology Crash Course
Digging through the Bible: Understanding Biblical People, Places, and Controversies through Archaeology
Richard A. Freund
(Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), 352 pp., $44.95 (hardcover), $18.95 (paperback)
Reviewed by Eric H. Cline
Two words: caveat emptor. In the introduction to this book, modestly titled “A Crash Course in Biblical Archaeology,” one finds 46 pages of rambling text but not even the bare rudiments of a crash course in Biblical archaeology. Instead, there is a stream-of-consciousness mishmash that lurches from an initial 26-page discussion of the Bible, its redaction and the Documentary Hypothesis, with a two-page aside on the minimalist-maximalist debate, to a nine-page discussion of possible forgeries, …

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