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Cities of God
The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain


Michael Ledger-Lomas, David Gange, Rachel Bryant Davies, Simon Goldhill, Tim Larsen, Michael Seymour, Astrid Swenson, Eitan Bar-Yosef, Jane Garnett, Anne Bush
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316625651

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  • The history of archaeology is generally told as the making of a secular discipline. In nineteenth-century Britain, however, archaeology was enmeshed with questions of biblical authority and so with religious as well as narrowly scholarly concerns. In unearthing the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, travellers, archaeologists and their popularisers transformed thinking on the truth of Christianity and its place in modern cities. This happened at a time when anxieties over the unprecedented rate of urbanisation in Britain coincided with critical challenges to biblical truth. In this context, cities from Jerusalem to Rome became contested models for the adaptation of Christianity to modern urban life. Using sites from across the biblical world, this book evokes the appeal of the ancient city to diverse groups of British Protestants in their arguments with one another and with their secular and Catholic rivals about the vitality of their faith in urban Britain.

    • Proposes a new vision of the role of archaeology in nineteenth-century British culture
    • Reveals the importance of archaeological discoveries to the nineteenth-century reception of biblical antiquity
    • Demonstrates that mass urbanisation is an essential context for nineteenth-century scholarship and thought about the ancient city
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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316625651
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael Ledger-Lomas and David Gange
    1. Troy David Gange and Rachel Bryant Davies
    2. Jerusalem Simon Goldhill
    3. Nineveh Tim Larsen
    4. Pithom David Gange
    5. Babylon Michael Seymour
    6. Sodom Astrid Swenson
    7. Bethlehem Eitan Bar-Yosef
    8. Ephesus Michael Ledger-Lomas
    9. Rome Jane Garnett and Anne Bush.

  • Editors

    David Gange, University of Birmingham
    David Gange is a Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham. He is author of Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion (2013).

    Michael Ledger-Lomas, King's College London
    Michael Ledger-Lomas is Lecturer in the History of Christianity at King's College London. He is editor, with Scott Mandelbrote, of Dissent and the Bible, c.1650–1950 (2013).


    Michael Ledger-Lomas, David Gange, Rachel Bryant Davies, Simon Goldhill, Tim Larsen, Michael Seymour, Astrid Swenson, Eitan Bar-Yosef, Jane Garnett, Anne Bush

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