Hi, my name is Andrew. Back in 2012, I began to work towards an M.A. in the Bible and the Ancient Near East at the Hebrew University. I finished in 2014 and have since been working on a curriculum geared towards students navigating their way through college or university. In this curriculum we ask the question: What does archaeology have to do with theology? The answer, I think, is quite a bit!
What we believe has a lot to do with what we leave behind, and archaeology is all about what we leave behind! Studying archaeology is like looking at someones browsing history. Although we don’t have Google Analytics for the Bronze Age, we have the ancient mounds where cities once flourished, were abandoned or destroyed, and rebuilt again, each cycle creating a new layer of occupation on the mound. Some mounds have over twenty distinct layers! In them we find the remains of temples, palaces, and tombs; the forgotten things that people once possessed and cherished. They tell a story about civilizations and open a window through which we can view our own time and place. A.W. Tozer once wrote:
The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. (A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy)
Archaeology vividly illustrates Tozer’s point.
There is not much coherence to the blog portion of this site but there are a couple themes that run through my posts here: 1) some things never change and, 2) not everything has a history.
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