Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History – Part 1 of 2

“Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History” recorded 10/23/2007

Part 1 of 2

Hector Avalos is professor of religious studies at Iowa State University and the author or editor of six books on Biblical studies and religion, including his recently published work, The End of Biblical Studies. Join us for a fascinating presentation detailing how the more we discover about the ancient world, the less reliable we find the Bible.

From the dust jacket of The End of Biblical Studies: Hector Avalos calls for an end to biblical studies as we know them. He outlines two main arguments for this surprising conclusion.

First, academic biblical scholarship has clearly succeeded in showing that the ancient civilization that produced the Bible held beliefs about the origin, nature, and purpose of the world and humanity that are fundamentally opposed to the views of modern society. The Bible is thus largely irrelevant to the needs and concerns of contemporary human beings.

Second, Avalos criticizes his colleagues for applying a variety of flawed and specious techniques aimed at maintaining the illusion that the Bible is still relevant in today’s world. In effect, he accuses his profession of being more concerned about its self-preservation than about giving an honest account of its own findings to the general public and faith communities.

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2 thoughts on “Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History – Part 1 of 2

  1. Thank you for posting this. I haven’t seen Avalos’ work before, and it’s an interesting point of view. I agree with most of what he says, but I don’t know if I think that means Biblical studies is entirely redundant. For one thing, it can teach us about history, so if historical studies have value, Biblical studies at least have that same value. For another, with so many believers misinformed about the roots of their religion, Biblical studies is potentially very educational, if more Biblical scholars engage with the public rather than with each other.

    • You’re welcome! There’s a number of interviews and debates on youtube. I will be posting links,interviews, etc. on the blog shortly. Thanks again for your comments and for taking a look at my blog!! -shelton

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