James M. Freeman
and the Spade
pick and the spade are to be humble instruments of
illustrating and authenticating the Word of God. Already,
through their agency, important discoveries have been made.
Ancient tablets covered with strange characters have been
brought to light; by patient labor and wonderful ingenuity
these characters have been deciphered, and made to tell the
secrets which for ages they had kept concealed. The tombs of
Egypt, the palaces of Assyria, and the royal records of
Moab, have been compelled to speak, and now, in different
languages, they bear testimony for God and his truth."
Freeman, "Manners and Customs of the Bible" Reprint
(Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1972) p. 6.