During the period of its own development as a denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist church,
through its publications, showed a rather consistent interest in biblical archaeology. This is apparent from an examination of the denominational literature even at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although no detailed study has yet been conducted to determine the names and extent of Adventist usage of archaeology in the period prior to 1937, a brief survey reveals that archaeological themes appeared with some regularity. However, the type of articles which appeared and their content, generally speaking, did not reveal very much originality. Since the Adventist church had no trained archaeologists in its ranks, there was considerable reliance upon the reports and interpretations of others. However, beginning in 1937, the Adventist church began to intellectually and academically invest in archaeology. Lloyd Willis traces the origin and growth of Adventist archaeology in its first sixty-three years, mostly spanning the career of Siegfried Horn.
Title: Archaeology in Adventist Literature: 1938-1980
Author: Lloyd A. Willis
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