The past two and a half decades have witnessed a proliferation of publications in the field of Biblical archaeology designed for the interested layman or student. While some of these works cater to sensation and exaggerated claims, and others are little more than huge and expensive volumes of glossy photos, many others offer solid information, written in clear and nontechnical language.
For the non-professional interested in building a small library of basic books in the field, selections are made difficult by the breadth of choices available. Specialists, moreover, disagree concerning what is most basic. The following titles, however, represent one professor’s suggestions for a beginner’s library. Most of the titles cited are currently in print; those that are not (indicated by “o.p.”) may yet be available in some bookstores.