It's modern agenda driven..
The decisions are based on the evidence. The agenda is objectivity.
That is the agenda. Honesty.
[QUOTE who=""]It is not neutral. If you look at it from a historical perspective then he numbers change..[/QUOTE] It is very neutral.
The difference you see now is that the evidence is actually followed and personal desires for a belief to be confirmed do not factor into the conclusions.
Face it, religious archaeological methods and scientists are finally being honest about what is seen.
[QUOTE who=""]Historical scholarship has Exodus down as history..[/QUOTE] Historical scholarship was wrong. There is too much evidence that points to the biblical accounts having been embellished upon, fabricated, or adopted from older cultures.
Modern archaeological methods are showing that the origins of the Hebrew/Judaic culture were parented by Canaanite origins.
They aren't making it up. They are looking at the evidence objectively.
That is the consensus. That consensus is based in fact.
It is accurate and confirmed.
[QUOTE who=""]Moderns are the ones who say they know more than mosst in history. You quote Israel Finkelstein, not mentioning is in minority with Hebrew scholars..[/QUOTE]William G. Dever is an American archaeologist, specialising in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times. Former Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum-Hebrew Union College.
Ze’ev Herzog is an Israeli archeologist, professor of archaeology at The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University specializing in social archaeology, ancient architecture and field archaeology.
Mark Stratton Smith is an American professor and Biblical scholar who currently holds the Skirball Chair of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.
I could list name after name after name of well educated, highly respected and competent scholars and archaeologists that are not following personal agendas. They are there to perform competent work.
They are not there to lie and discredit themselves.
[QUOTE who=""]Nobody denies modern scholarship denies the Exodus..[/QUOTE] I'm glad you realize that.
[QUOTE who=""]There is nothing to concede..[/QUOTE]
You are correct, there is nothing to concede, since they are correct.
That is why they discredit themselves with the general population..
They aren't concerned with the opinions of the general population. In the past, they said what they knew the general population wanted to hear. They allowed their own desires for it to be true to dictate the outcome.
They are being honest now. Honesty does not rely on what the general population, or a personal desire, wants the evidence and conclusions to say.
You are a perfect example of that.
[QUOTE who=""]They use their position to advance personal agendas under the guise of Science..[/QUOTE] The agenda, personally and professionally is to be objective.
[QUOTE who=""]They read their bias into the evidence. Reject outright evidence to the contrary. Effectually saying all the ancients were wrong on the Exodus. Jesus was wrong. Etc..[/QUOTE] That is what the evidence shows.
[QUOTE who=""]That is not happening here. I gave you the counter evidence and you reject. That is what you do..[/QUOTE] You've not supplied any evidence.
You've supplied wishes, outdated information, and unsupported assertions. Consistently.
[QUOTE who=""]Somehow thinking your atheism is validated by attacking Theism. It's not.[/QUOTE] No, if that is the case, then theists are validating their theism by presenting the truth concerning biblical scholarship and archaeology. It's their work I'm presenting.
I am atheist because there is no evidence for any deities. That decision is unrelated to biblical scholarship and archaeology.