The Schweich Lectures and Biblical Archaeology

Hardcover | September 4, 2011

byGraham Davies

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The first Schweich Lectures were given by Professor S. R. Driver of Oxford University in 1908 and the British Academy celebrated the centenary of the lectures with a single lecture given by Professor Davies in 2008. This book is an amplified version of that lecture, with each of its threechapters developing a theme relevant to the occasion. The Lectures, on aspects of the study of antiquity in its relationship to the Bible, were established by a gift from Constance Schweich (later Mrs Goetze) in memory of her late father, Leopold Schweich. The first chapter brings togetherbiographical information (including some previously unpublished documents) about the Schweichs, who were an originally German Jewish family with close connections to the distinguished chemist and industrialist Ludwig Mond. The donation was the first major benefaction received by the British Academy,which had been founded in 1901 but initially had no Government funding, and the second chapter uses archival and published sources to reconstruct the circumstances and the history of the lectureship. An Appendix lists the names of all the lecturers, their subjects and details of the publication oftheir lectures. The final chapter, 'Archaeology and the Bible - A Broken Link?', examines broader questions about 'biblical archaeology' which arose in the later twentieth century, in the light of developments in archaeological theory and biblical scholarship, and considers whether there is still afuture for collaboration between the two disciplines. The volume provides a glimpse into Jewish philanthropy in England in the Edwardian era and a critical assessment of the changing relationship between archaeology and biblical studies down to the present day.

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The first Schweich Lectures were given by Professor S. R. Driver of Oxford University in 1908 and the British Academy celebrated the centenary of the lectures with a single lecture given by Professor Davies in 2008. This book is an amplified version of that lecture, with each of its threechapters developing a theme relevant to the occa...

Graham Davies is Professor of Old Testament Studies and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:100 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:September 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264875

ISBN - 13:9780197264874

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1. The Schweich FamilyAppendices 1: Letters from Constance Schweich to Israel Gollancz2. The Schweich LecturesAppendix 2: The Trust DeedAppendix 3: List of the Schweich Lectures 1908-2007, with details of thier publication (compiled by James Rivington)3. Archaeology and the Bible: A Broken Link?