Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1399 Israel Finkelstein – Survey Archaeology

Israel Finkelstein

Israel Finkelstein

Israel Finkelstein is one of the top Israeli archaeologists, even if he advocates a dating chronology that a majority of archaeologists do not support. When I talked with him on the program 20 years ago we really didn’t get into the dating issue, at that time I didn’t really understand it very well. But rather we talked about reasons for his soon-to-begin excavation of Megiddo, which continues 20 years later, as well as his work at the Old Testament site of Shiloh. Archaeological survey work is connected to both of these excavations, and in fact his discussion of surveys related to Megiddo led to what we discussed with Matthew Adams just a few weeks ago.

As I said on the program, I like Finkelstein even though I disagree with his dating chronology. We first met 35 years ago when we both worked on the excavation at Tel Aphek. He was the protege of dig director Moshe Kochavi and I was a lowly volunteer getting my first hands-on experience with archaeology. Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University.

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