Archaeology and the Bible

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 196 pages
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Rasselas has claims to be regarded as its author's most creative work. The journey of Rasselas and his companions from the 'happy valley' to study 'the choice of life' under the guidance of the old philosopher Imlac is not just a satire of optimism, but an expression of a complex truth about the human mind. In one of his early Rambler essays Johnson wrote: 'The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope'. Through its survey of the human condition Rasselas makes abundantly plain both the mind's inherently quixotic tendencies and where unreal hopes must end. Yet it is much more than its author's Vanity of Human Wishes in prose. While the wishes of its youthful travellers constantly outrun sober reason, these at least demonstrate their capacity to go on planning and hoping. Rasselas was first published in 1759, and the present text is based on the second edition as revised by Johnson.
 

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Contents

archaeology and the Bible
1
an introduction to field work
17
the Neolithic through
33
The Middle Bronze Age 20001550 BC
55
The Late Bronze Age 15501200 BC
77
Iron Age I ca 12001000 BC
93
Iron Age II 1000550 Be
119
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Laughlin is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Dept. of Religion at Averett College. He has published and lectured widely on the subjects of Near Eastern archaeology and the Bible.

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