Thomas W. Merry, Ph.D. / The Rise and Fall of Biblical Archaeology

The biblical archaeology of William Foxwell Albright was an attempt to ground the historical witness of the Bible in realia, or demonstrable historical reality. Albright brought biblical archaeology out of the armchair and into the field in Palestine. His student, George Edward Wright, created a positivist theological/theoretical basis for biblical archaeology. Albright and Wright saw biblical archaeology as an objective science, providing historical reality to the Hebrew Bible. Lecture date: December 1, 2005