Bible and Spade began publication in 1972 with the following purpose:
Today, archaeological activity in Bible lands is proceeding as never before. In 1971, 135 permits for excavations were issued in Israel alone. And yet, no one is reporting the results of this activity to the Christian public in a summarized systematic fashion. We believe that this information is of vital importance to the Christian - the pastor, the teacher, the student, and the average man in the pew.
Archaeology has done much in the past to verify the reliability of our Scriptures and help us gain a better understanding of them. All indications are that this will continue in the future. Consequently, we feel compelled to issue Bible and Spade and, with God’s help, we trust that it will meet a real need in our “scientific” age.
Bible and Spade was published from 1972-1983, took a four year break and then re-emerged as
Archaeology and Biblical Research in 1987. Shortly after, they changed the name back to
Bible and Spade and have been in publication since.
We've collected the all the back issues and put them in the Libronix Digital Lbrary System format (including all the pictures of course!).
There is a wealth of information to help you with your background studies on people, places, nations, etc.
For example, if you are working on Nahum, the article on "Nahum, Ninevah and Those Nasty Assyrians" will shed new light on what Nahum is talking about when he refers to the "den of lions." The Assyrians had a fascination with hunting lions and Nahum's allusions become apparent when you see and read explanations of Assyrian reliefs like the one below of Ashurbanipal stabbing a lion on a lion hunt.
Bible and Spade was a black and white journal until 2003 when it began being published in color.