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  • Deborah Hurn

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    June 21, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Now Finkelstein:

    [47] “Moreover, we must not ignore the fact that the Biblical material was assembled centuries after the supposed events took place. Without denigrating the importance of the Exodus narratives for the faith of ancient Israel, we simply cannot treat these Biblical narratives as straightforward history. We must understand the historical and religious background against which these traditions crystallized at a later date, during the period of the Israelite monarchy, hundreds of years after the supposed events that the narratives describe could have taken place. / For all these reasons, the day when explorers rushed to the desert with the Bible in one hand and a spade in the other is long gone.”

    Finkelstein, Israel. “Raider of the Lost Mountain—An Israeli Archaeologist Looks at the Most Recent Attempt to Locate Mt. Sinai.” Biblical Archaeology Review 14, no. 4 (August 1988): 46–50.

    Interesting that both Dever and Finkelstein describe themselves as “centrists” between the extremes of “biblical maximalism” (common in America) and “biblical minimalism” (common in Europe).