Biblical archaeology has long been a discipline in crisis. "Biblical minimalists," who believe that the Bible contains little of actual historical fact, today are challenging those who accept the historicity of Scripture. In this volume Jewish and evangelical Christian archaeologists, historians, and biblical scholars confront the minimalist critique and offer positive alternatives. Bringing a needed scientific approach to biblical archaeology, the contributors construct a new paradigm that reads the Bible critically but sympathetically. Their work covers the full range of subjects relevant to understanding the context of the Bible, including proper approaches to scriptural interpretation, recent archaeological evidence, and new studies of Near Eastern texts and inscriptions.Contributors: Richard E. AverbeckThomas W. DavisDaniel E. FlemingWilliam W. HalloRichard S. HessJames K. HoffmeierHarry A. Hoffner Jr.David MerlingAlan MillardCynthia L. MillerJohn M. MonsonSteven M. OrtizBenjamin Edidin ScolnicAndrew G. VaughnDavid B. WeisbergEdwin YamauchiK. Lawson Younger Jr.Randall W. YounkerZiony ZevitHoffmeier, James K. is the author of 'Future of Biblical Archaeology Reassessing Methodologies and Assumptions The Proceedings of a Symposium August 12-14, 2001 at Trinity International University', published 2004 under ISBN 9780802821737 and ISBN 0802821731.