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Shifting SandsThe Rise and Fall of Biblical Archaeology$
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Thomas W. Davis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195167104.001.0001

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The Collapse of the Paradigm

The Collapse of the Paradigm

(p.123) 4 The Collapse of the Paradigm
Shifting Sands

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The dominance of the Albright-Wright paradigm was challenged from both within and without. The most vigorous challenges to biblical archaeology came from Wright’s own students. The paradigm of biblical archaeology collapsed in the 1960s. By the end of this decade, Wright had rejected the view that archaeology could provide an answer to the Kulturgeschichte questions of biblical archaeology. He did this by declaring that, “Ambiguity is a central component of history”.

Keywords:   George Ernest Wright, biblical archaeology, Albright-Wright paradigm

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