Joseph P. Free's Archaeology and Bible History, first published in 1950, served well an entire generation of pastors, Sunday school teachers, laypersons, and college students by summarizing the history of the Bible and shedding light on biblical events through archaeological discoveries. The author demonstrated how such data helps us understand the Bible and confirm its historical accuracy. At times he also dealt with issues of biblical interpretation and criticism, always from a historically orthodox position. When the book was withdrawn from circulation in 1976 after the fourteenth printing, many hoped for the day when it would be revised and updated. That task has now been undertaken by one of Dr. Free's former students and a biblical archaeologist in his own right, Dr. Howard Vos. He has brought the archaeological and historical material up to date and has modified earlier archaeological interpretations where necessary. The bibliography has been almost totally replaced.
About the AuthorsThe late Joseph P. Free was chairman of the department of archaeology at Wheaton College, and later, professor of archaeology and history at Bemidji State College in Minnesota. He did extensive excavations of the city of Dothan and published numerous articles on issues of archaeology.
Howard F. Vos had a distinguished career as an expert in historical, geographical, biblical, and archeological research. A prolific author and editor, he authored twenty-five books that were standards in their field, including the Wycliffe Bible Dictionary. He traveled extensively in the Bible lands and excavated many sites in Israel. Vos was professor of history and archaeology at The King's College in New York from 1971-1995. He moved to Philadelphia, became a member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, and was associated with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology until his death in April of 2019.