We keep reading of find after find confirming this or that aspect of Biblical history. This has been the trend since the science of archaeology began, in the Middle East. Last Sunday, my pastor well quoted James Montgomery Boice as saying, "A good way to make yourself very popular in the short run, but be made a fool in the long run, is to charge the Bible with error." This has certainly been the overwhelming trend in archaeology.
Which is why, for instance, I've called "The Jesus Seminar" cutting-edge eighteenth-century radical liberal scholarship (cf. related thoughts in How to Make Your Very Own Jesus).
So anyway, my crazy archaeological thought is that it would be cool to move absolutely everybody out of the Middle East, and give it over to the best representatives of modern archaeology. For, oh, fifty years. Raze the modern structures, and dig down about 100 feet over the whole topography.
After that, the inhabitants can move back in.
Wouldn't that be cool?
Then, after I did that by fiat, I'd make ice cream, pizza, and crispy fried chicken — heck, everything fried — into health foods. And I'd get all my hair back. And I'd restore sanity to American politics. Heck, to America. To American professing evangelicalism! Not in that order.
Yeah, that'd be....
Um, what were we talking about?