William F. Albright

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William F. Albright in 1953

William F. Albright (May 24, 1891 – September 19, 1971) was an American archaeologist, biblical scholar, philologist, and expert on ceramics.


  • Judah ... was not canalized for the exclusive benefit of the aristocracy and the wealthy merchants, as was apparently true of the Northern Kingdom in the eighth century. ... All private houses so far excavated reflect a surprisingly narrow range of variation in the social scale.
    • "The Biblical Period" in The Jews (1949), p. 39, as cited in The Prophets (1962), p. 62

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