Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1124 – 1126 Eric Cline: Pseuo-archaeologists, Megiddo and Tel Kabri


Eric Cline is the Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. He has written commentaries attacking pseudo archaeologists,
as have I (May issue of Christianity Today, not online yet). Eric has also written a new book that also addresses the issue, called From Eden to Exile.

He doesn’t write from an evangelical perspective, obviously. He’s opposed to those who, let’s see how should we put this, abuse the connection between the Bible and archaeology. As am I. I think he would probably draw the line of distinction a little differently than I would. But unlike some archaeologists, Eric does not disparage the Bible as a source of reliable information about the ancient world. His book focuses on what we know from the Bible and from archaeology, and I think an honest and trustworthy source of information is always commendable. So that’s what we talked about in the first program of this series.

The second program is about Megiddo and Armageddon. Eric is an associated director of the latest Megiddo excavation and can be seen in a nice little video on the dig website. Eric has also written a book called The Battles of Armageddon. As he points out, the plain outside Megiddo is probably the scene of more battles than any other site on earth, except for Jerusalem. The first battle recorded in history was fought there. And, of course, the last battle is prophesied to be fought there. More fascinating conversation.

And then in our last program we discuss another site that Eric is working on, Tel Kabri. We’ve mentioned it several times on the program in years past. It’s not a Biblical site, as far as is known, but it has a fascinating story. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of Minoan frescoes dating back to around the 18th century B.C. There was a large palace at this site, just a few miles northeast of the coastal city of Akko. In fact two palaces have been found, one on top of the other. There’s lots more work to be done here.

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