Editorial Comment: -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bible and Spade (First Run)
Volume: BSP 01:4 (Autumn 1972)
Article: Editorial Comment:
Author: Anonymous

Editorial Comment:

We are privileged in this generation to be the beneficiaries of a wealth of unprecedented Biblical discoveries. These discoveries continue unabated. This was dramatically brought out in the July, 1972 Newsletter of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

In an article titled “Archaeology in Israel: An Embarrassment of Riches” a map was presented which showed 75 sites where significant archaeological work was carried out just in the past year! We quote the following from that article:

“From Dan to Beer-sheba during the past twelve months one was never more than thirty kilometers [18.6 miles] from a current dig, a recent or rapidly approaching discovery! In the main there are three reasons for the crowded map. First there is the status of archaeology in modern Israel as virtually the national pastime, so that every young Israeli grows up to become, if not an archaeologist, an antiquarian; he finds the old things to be what American youth in the current idiom would call rather ‘groovy’. The second reason for the archaeology explosion in Israel is the incredible riches that have accumulated in the dirt from centuries of traffic through the narrow corridor between desert and sea. The third factor is the rapid application of technology in Israel. A vivid illustration is the scene in the Golan Heights, where [four] sites ... are listed as a result of the Six-Day War in 1967. The sites in the Golan Heights where large scale excavation has taken place have begun with chance discoveries in such unexpected places as a bulldozer cut for road improvements. Fortunately the law in Israel is that the driver must then take his bulldozer someplace else while the archaeologists complete the digging and record the finds. Only then can the highway continue as planned, unless the site is to be preserved indefinitely! It makes life somewhat hectic for engineers and archaeologists alike, and it keeps the Director of Antiquities busier than the proverbial one-armed paper hanger.”

We are even witnessing Jewish and Christian scholars working side by side in recovering evidence on the life of Jesus (see Jerusalem Report, page 113). Truly we are living in amazing times!

Well, it’s renewal time — we know you will want to stay with us for 1973. We have some great features planned. Our first two issues in 1973 will carry a two-part article on Abraham by James L. Kelso, world renowned archaeologist and Biblical scholar. This article will give the Bible student new insight into the life and times of Abraham. Don’t miss out, use the enclosed envelope to send in your subscription at your earliest convenience. Before you do, however, look over the new multi-year subscription rates on page ...

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