Category Archives: Book Review

Archaeological interpretation of a house

The assumptions we bring to archaeology partly determine our interpretation of archaeological finds. There is a constant relationship between small-scale observations and the greater patterns and narratives we see. J. David Schloen’s book on the house of the father does … Continue reading

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The house of the father as fact and symbol

Now and then a book comes along in any discipline that asks new questions, highlights the preconceived notions that are at work in the discipline and allows some practitioners to explore new avenues of research. In the area of Near … Continue reading

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The four-room house in Ancient Israel

In a previous post I talked about the “pillared house” as a house-type that was characteristic of Ancient Israel. In his book The Archaeology of Israelite Society in Ancient Israel Avraham Faust stresses that it is not so much the … Continue reading

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What is heritage?

I recently read the book Common Ground? Heritage and Public Places in New Zealand edited by Alexander Trapeznik. One of the more interesting parts is the definition of heritage. Seeking such definitions is probably a characteristic of English-speaking academia. And … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Archaeology of the Bible by James K. Hoffmeier

As I was lecturing on Biblical Archaeology I was looking for a introduction to the field, which I could recommend to students. That’s why I read the book Archaeology of the Bible by James K. Hoffmeier. The book starts with … Continue reading

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