May 16, 2016

William Albright
Replying, at Ceremony of Conferment of Honorary Doctorates,
By Hebrew University 1957
For William Foxwell Albright (1891 – 1971) you will have a lot of material to sort through so pick your sources wisely. The standard biography is Leona Glidden Running, William Foxwell Albright: A Twentieth Century Genius. London, U.K.: Morgan, 1975 but it is not available online. For information on Albright look in a good Bible Dictionary or Encyclopedia LINK under the sites that he excavated. The many obituaries listed below can be helpful, as there were many who knew him.

Questions that you should answer in your paper include:

  1. Where did he take his training?
  2. What was his specialty?
  3. Where did he excavate?
  4. Who did he excavate with?
  5. What discoveries did he make or was involved in?
  6. What role did he play in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  7. What was the Biblical impact of his research?
Available Sources:

  • Albright, William Foxwell. “Archaeological Discovery and the Scriptures.” Christianity Today 12, no. 19 (June 21, 1968): 3–5.
  • _____. “From the Patriarchs to Moses. 1. From Abraham to Joseph.” The Biblical Archaeologist 36 (1973): 5–33. JSTOR
  • _____. “The Jordan Valley in the Bronze Age.” Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 6 (1925 1924): 13–74. JSTOR
  • _____. From the Stone Age to Christianity: Monotheism and the Historical Process. La Vergne, TN: Lightning Source, 2008. PDF
  • _____. The Archaeology of Palestine. London: Taylor & Francis, 1956.
  • _____. The Biblical Period from Abraham to Ezra: An Historical Survey. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1963.
  • _____. Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan: A Historical Analysis of Two Contrasting Faiths. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1968. Google Books Preview
  • _____. “The Excavation at Tel El-Ful.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 7 (Oct., 1922), 7-8. JSTOR
  • _____. “The Excavation of Tell Beit Mirsim. Vol. II: The Bronze Age.” The Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 17 (January 1, 1936): xi–141. JSTOR
  • _____. “The Excavations at Tell Beit Mirsim.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 23 (Oct., 1926), 2-14. JSTOR
  • _____. “The Gezer Calendar.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 92 (1943): 16–26. JSTOR
  • _____. “Toward a More Conservative View: Interview with W. F. Albright.” Christianity Today, January 18, 1963.
  • Alter, Stephen G. “From Babylon to Christianity: William Foxwell Albright on Myth, Folklore, and Christian Origins.” Journal of Religious History 36, no. 1 (March 2012): 1-18. PDF
  • Avi-Yonah, Michael. “Albright, William Foxwell.” Edited by Fred Skolnik and Michael Berenbaum. Encyclopaedia Judaica. New York, N.Y.: MacMillan, 2006. PDF
  • Beaulieu, Paul-Alain. “W. F. Albright & Assyriology.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 1, 2002): 11–16. JSTOR
  • Bolen, Todd. The Legacy of William F. Albright. BiblePlaces Blog. March 4, 2009. LINK
  • Campbell, Edward F. “William F. Albright, 1891-1971.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 93, no. 1 (January 1, 1973): 1–2. JSTOR
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. “W. F. Albright.” In Encyclopædia Britannica. 11th ed. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1911. LINK
  • Cross, Frank Moore. “W. F. Albright’s View of Biblical Archaeology and Its Methodology.” The Biblical Archaeologist 36, no. 1 (February 1, 1973): 2-5. JSTOR
  • Davis, Thomas W. “Faith and Archaeology—A Brief History to the Present.” Biblical Archaeology Review 19, No. 2 (March/April 1993): 54-59. LINK
  • Dessel, J. P. “Reading Between the Lines: W. F. Albright ‘In’ the Field and ‘On’ the Field.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 1, 2002): 43–50. ProQuest
  • Dever, William G. “What Remains of the House That Albright Built?” The Biblical Archaeologist 56, no. 1 (March 1993): 25–35. JSTOR
  • Downing, Frederick L. “The biblical archaeology movement: building and re-building the Albright house.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 33, no. 4 (2006): 495-506. Request ILL
  • Feinberg, C. L. “Albright, William Foxwell,” page 14 in Who’s Who in Christian History. ed. J. D. Douglas and Philip W. Comfort. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1992. Not Available Online
  • Feinman, Peter Douglas. William Foxwell Albright and the Origins of Biblical Archaeology. Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2004. Not Available Online
  • _____. “Canaanites, Catholics, and Chosen Peoples: William Foxwell Albright’s Biblical Archaeology.” Near Eastern Archaeology 75, no. 3 (September 1, 2012): 148-60. ProQuest
  • _____. “Methodism and the Origins of Biblical Archaeology: The William Foxwell Albright Story.” Andrews University Seminary Studies 47, no. 1 (2009): 61–72. Request ILL
  • Freedman, David Noel. “William Foxwell Albright: In Memoriam.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 205, no. 1 (February 1972): 1+3–13. JSTOR
  • Gitin, Seymour. “The House That Albright Built.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 1, 2002): 5–10. ProQuest
  • Glueck, Nelson and G. Ernest Wright. “Tribute to William Foxwell Albright.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research no. 162 (April 1961): 1-2. JSTOR
  • Hamilton, Gordon J. “W. F. Albright and Early Alphabetic Epigraphy.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 2002): 35-40. ProQuest
  • Hallo, William W. “Albright and the Gods of Mesopotamia.” The Biblical Archaeologist 56, no. 1 (March 1993): 18-24. JSTOR
  • Herr, Larry G. “W. F. Albright and the History of Pottery in Palestine.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (2002): 51–55. ProQuest or  PDF
  • Keiger, Dale. “The Great Authenticator.” John Hopkins Magazine: Pioneers of Scholarship, April 2000. LINK.
  • Levy, Thomas E., and David Noel Freedman. “William Foxwell Albright.” In Biographical Memoirs, edited by Office of the Home Secretary and National Academy of Sciences, Pages 3–29. Vol. 91. Jerusalem: National Academies Press, 2009. Look Inside or PDF or LINK
  • Long, Burke O. “Mythic Trope in the Autobiography of William Foxwell Albright.” The Biblical Archaeologist 56, no. 1 (March 1, 1993): 36-45. JSTOR
  • MacDonald, Robert B. and Daniel L. Mattson, eds. The Published Works of William Foxwell Albright: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Oxford, U.K.:Oxford University Press, 1977. Not Available Online
  • Miles, John A. “Understanding Albright : A Revolutionary Etude.” Harvard Theological Review 69, no. 1-2 (January 1, 1976): 151-175. JSTOR
  • Miller, J. Maxwell and Edward F. Campbell Jr. “W. F. Albright and Historical Reconstruction”. The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. 42, No. 1. (Winter, 1979), 37-47. JSTOR
  • Orlinsky, Harry M. “Albright, William Foxwell: Collected Papers, 1916-1972”. An Indexed Bibliography of the Writings of William Foxwell Albright. Pamphlet Volume 330. Andover-Harvard Theological Library: Harvard Divinity School. LINK
  • Sasson, Jack M. “Albright as an Orientalist.” The Biblical Archaeologist 56, no. 1 (March 1993): 3–7. JSTOR
  • Shanks, Hershel. A Life of Albright. Biblical Archaeology Review 2, no. 2 (June 1976): 21-22. BAR
  • Schloen, J. David. “W. F. Albright and the Origins of Israel.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 2002): 56-62. ProQuest
  • Silberman, Neil A. “Visions of the Future: Albright in Jerusalem, 1919-1929.” The Biblical Archaeologist 56, no. 1 (March 1993): 8-16. JSTOR
  • Skehan, Patrick William. “Albright, William Foxwell, 1891-1971.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 33, no. 4 (October 1, 1971): 546-547. ALTA
  • Wiseman, D. J. “Obituary: William Foxwell Albright.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. University of London, London 35, no. 2 (1972): 345-348. JSTOR
  • Wood, Leon J. “Present trend to OT theology as represented in the Albright influence.” Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society 1, no. 4 (1958): 1-5. PDF
  • Wright, J. Edward. “W. F. Albright’s Vision of Israelite Religion.” Near Eastern Archaeology 65, no. 1 (March 2002): 63-68. ProQuest

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