One of my great regrets academically speaking is not spending significant moments in actual archaeological work in the Ancient Near East, particularly Palestine. It didn’t quite fit in with my student finances at the time and then didn’t fit in with the finances of family life with children came along. But somehow I should have done it. My OT prof, Palmer Robertson, warned students about coming up with all their reasons not to do it, pressing upon us the difference it would make in our preaching and teaching ministry. He was right.
As an example of archaeology’s contribution to the biblical study here is a most fascinating lecture complete with all the obligatory photos of archaeological digs and discoveries. But this isn’t your normal “dry as Middle East sand” presentation. Very well done. http://www.laniertheologicallibrary.com/previous-events/
It focuses on the Philistine site of Ekron. For many years the very existence of the Philistines was doubted by archaeologists and the more liberal Bible scholars who saw their absence from the evidentiary record as proof that the Bible is unreliable. Therefore, the story of David and Goliath is necessary untrue, because the Bible says Goliath was a Philistine. But lo and behold! Evidence for the five cities of Philistia was unearthed. But their history was brief, a mere 200 years or so of archaeological finds. Where did they go? This video answers the question.
I really enjoyed the presentation. In almost every church I have served there are at least one or two biblical archaeology nuts, men and women who read about and investigate new discoveries uncovered in ongoing digs.
Ben Witherington, New Testament scholar, spends a great deal of time himself in archaeological investigation and reporting. From time to time at his blog he has reviews and articles on the discipline, such as here.