The Smithsonian Magazine has an article on the extremes within Israeli archeology. At its most conservative is Adam Zertal, who is a Biblical literalist. Zertal believes he has found the altar Joshua built after crossing the Jordan river. But is Zertal an honest scientist or a propagandist? Let’s see:
[In these 28 years, Zertal] has yet to submit his Ebal finds to radiocarbon dating. And he professes a dislike for the common archaeological practice of establishing chronologies by radiocarbon dating potsherds, or pieces of broken pottery. “Others see things through the narrow keyhole of pottery,” he tells me as I join him on one of his Friday walkabouts. “I prefer to see things in a wider perspective: history, Bible, literature, poetry.”
People may disagree with Israel Finklestein and other archeologists who dismiss most of the Bible as literary myth. But Finklestein and these other archeologists use modern science to confirm their theories. Zertal and his fellow ideologues often do not, in large part because those findings will not support their literalism.
What we need now is less apologetics, and more honest searching for truth.