Philip Davies Prophesies The End of Biblical Minimalism Is Not Near

In the May/June 2011 edition of the populist American magazine, Biblical Archaeology Review, Yosef Garfinkel made the at best premature, at worst uninformed, announcement that “biblical minimalism” had died: “The Birth & Death of Biblical Minimalism” (free copy available here).

In this month’s (December 2011) Bible and Interpretation, Philip Davies provides a forceful rejoinder to Garfinkel: “The End of Biblical Minimalism?”.

See also:

  • “Finkelstein vs. Garfinkel: The historical worth of the story of David vs. Goliath”, Remnant of Giants, 9 May 2011.
  • Jonathan N. Tubb, “Editorial: Early Iron Age Judah in the light of Recent Discoveries at Khirbet Qeiyafa”, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 142.1 (2010): 1-2, which includes this succinct counter to the exaggerated claims of conservative biblical archaeologists: “A fortified city doth not a kingdom make” (p. 1).

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