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Criticism of Criticism

To the Editor:

Congratulations on the publication of your new journal, The Biblical Archaeology Review. I am pleased with the first issue and hope it gains wide popular interest. Quick, dependable reporting of current developments in Biblical archaeology is much needed.

The article on Nelson Glueck and King Solomon (“Nelson Glueck and King Solomon—A Romance That Ended,” BAR 01:01) was quite disappointing in the fact Glueck was almost ridiculed with hardly a hint of the enormous contributions this man has made to our discipline. Criticisms were also levelled against Albright, Aharoni and Yadin. Such give-and-take is expected in scholarly pursuits but it must be done with great care on the popular level.

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