What is interesting is the growing reliance on certain books of the Bible as guides or manuals for discovery. Indeed even critics within archeology have grudgingly began to admit that “some” of the Biblical record is accurate. Another way of saying this is to mention that many archeologists including Biblical archeologists (as well as Bible scholars) are returning to the scriptures for guidance. The Bible, it seems, is becoming a well respected and viable text for those seeking locations to explore and excavate. It is somewhat of an phenomena in the annals of the discipline. It is curious, maybe even ironic, that as those who are working in the field, at dig sites and exploring new areas of biblical lands, that the professors (meaning those who profess; in this case to be the experts on the Bible) know not what they believe and as blind guides are leading many astray. What a conundrum! It has, therefore, become more of an imperative for younger students to cling to their faith and glean knowledge from such professors that enhances and develops deeper faith and understanding. Some feel that teaching students to be critical of th scriptures, to doubt their veracity or inneracy, is a good way to develop a deeper faith. For the older and seasoned Christian, who is mature and well grounded in faith, this is a plausible hypothesis. If we take Paul’s advice about the Bereans to its ultimate level, one could then pursue scriptural meaning and find the deeper meaning that awaits. So, then, it is with a good foundation in scripture knowledge that the Biblical archaeologist wields his weapons and forges his tools of discovery. Indeed, it is with Christian patience and perseverance that the Biblical archaeologist endures criticism and scrutiny all the while expanding his horizons of biblical cultures, practices, and interaction.
With this as a background of thought, we can then realize the value of rereading many of the Old Testament books, reading them with renewed confidence and discovering the details that are often overlooked. It is obvious to many, especially those who read to find specific answers or with a theme, that they overlook many important details. I have reread many books of the Bible and within each i have discovered treasures I never saw before. One could say that perspective is as important as faith itself sometimes – especially when the world of archeology is available to the believer and the non-believer. One must necessarily become a Biblical Archeological Apologist. Does that sound like too much to attain in one lifetime? For some maybe, but not for those who have been chosen for such and endeavor. For them it becomes the adventure of a lifetime and a lifetime adventure.