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Archaeology and Biblical Accuracy: A Look at Minimalist, Maximalist and Adventist Views – Randall Younker

Date: November 12, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Randall Younker

Position: Professor of Old Testament & Biblical Archaeology & Director, Institute of Archaeology, Andrews University

Topic: “Archaeology and Biblical Accuracy: A Look at Minimalist, Maximalist and Adventist Views”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 60

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Presentation: Giving a brief history of OT archaeology & higher criticism (Laberecht de Wette & Welshausen), Younker described the Maximalists (Albright, Wright, Bright, Horn, Shea) who believe archaeology proves Bible historically accurate & Minimalists (van Seters, Thompson, Lemche, Davies, Finkelstein, Dever) who question the historical reliability of the Bible.  Citing recent scholarly books (by Kitchen, Hoffmaire, Vine & Younker) & findings at Gezer & Shechem, he showed how the “Andrews University Way” of doing archaeology has helped prove the OT historically accurate back to Abram, Joshua, David & Solomon & has won scholarly approval even among Minimalists today.

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