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- DescriptionThe 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 ather and with their secular and Catholic rivals about the vitality of their faith in urban Britain.
- Author BiographyDavid 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 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).
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication17/10/2013
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note42 b/w illus.
- Weight900 g
- Width174 mm
- Height247 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byDavid Gange,Michael Ledger-Lomas
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