Introduction to the Current Issue -- By: Anonymous
Introduction to the Current Issue
This entire issue of the Ashland Theological Bulletin is devoted to the Robert Houston Smith Archaeological Collection of Ashland Theological Seminary. The story of how the objects were gathered, their care and classification, and of the decision to make them available to the seminary is Dr. Robert H. Smith’s own story in the first article. Professor Delbert B. Flora picks up the account from there and reports the coming of the collection to the seminary, its present situation there, and hopes for the future housing and use of the artifacts.
The largest portion of the issue is devoted to a presentation of the collection itself. This appears in photographic exhibits with technical descriptions of the materials of the collection. The objects are arranged in chronological order in groupings according to forms and types. The presentation here is representative; it does not include the Smith Collection in its entirety.
Credit for the bulk of the work for this issue goes to Delbert B. Flora. This includes the collection or writing of the articles, determination of objects to exhibit and how to arrange them, the arrangement of the descriptive material, and oversight of the photography.
Credit and special appreciation for the photographic work in the issue is due to Thomas H. Shiffler, Senior student at Ashland Theological Seminary and professional photographer for the Ashland Times-Gazette. Tom Shiffler spent hours arranging artifacts for the best photographic exhibition, working out optimum lighting, and caring for the technical details that make for excellent pictures.
Owen H. Alderfer, Editor
Contributors To This Issue
Delbert B. Flora is Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at A.T.S.
Robert Houston Smith is Associate Professor of Religion at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and Chairman of the Humanities Division at that institution. A fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Dr. Smith has been involved in extensive field work in Palestine and Jordan as participant and as director. His publications include books and articles in the fields of archaeology, Biblical studies, and religious studies.
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