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Biblical Archaeology Review 49:1, Spring 2023

Queries & Comments

Out of the Park

Your Fall 2022 issue hit it out of the park! It’s common for me to find one or two articles per issue that I’m interested in. But I found every single article in this issue deeply interesting.


Has BAR Become a Subjective Academic Exercise?

Being a BAR reader for the past 20 years, I have noticed a shift in the magazine’s focus. It now seems that “scholarly” archaeologists, with their independent interpretations of discoveries, are the sole repository of truth regardless of what the Bible states. This type of archaeology, which uses the pretext of being “biblical,” amounts to nothing more than a subjective academic exercise. Biblical archaeology isn’t meant to substantiate what the Bible relates; rather, it provides a deeper understanding of the cultures and peoples of ancient times.

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