Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Mar 31, 2006 - History - 280 pages
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In this study the author rejects both revisionists who insist that Biblical literature is no more than pious propaganda & conservatives who are afraid to question its factuality. Through investigation of archaeological evidence he seeks to approach the Biblical text & the external data with no preconceptions.

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User Review  - Heath Workman - Goodreads

Fascinating but dry. I'm glad I read this after Finkelstein's book since a significant portion of the book is a rebuttal to a lot of Finkelstein's ideas. Read full review

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User Review  - Sidney Davis - Goodreads

This takes a rather academic scholarly historical-critical approach to the of the Biblical narrative upon which the current historiography of the State of Israel is based. One will have to come face ... Read full review


The Current Crisis in Understanding the Origins of Early Israel
The Exodus History or Myth?
The Conquest of Transjordan
The Conquest of the Land West of the Jordan Theories and Facts
Facts on the Ground The Excavated Evidence for the Archaeological Rediscovery of the Real Israel
More Facts on the Ground Recent Archaeological Surveys
A Summary of the Material Culture of the Iron I Assemblage
Previous Attempts at a Synthesis of Textual and Artifactual Data on Early Israel
Yet Another Attempt at Synthesis Early Israel as a Frontier Agrarian Reform Movement
Who Were the Early Israelites? Ethnicity and the Archaeological Record
Salvaging the Biblical Tradition History or Myth?
Some Basic Sources Usually in Chronological Order
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References

Toward Another Synthesis on the Origins and Nature of Early Israel

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About the author (2006)

William G. Dever is professor emeritus of Near Eastern archaeology and anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has served as director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem, as director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and as a visiting professor at universities around the world. He has spent thirty years conducting archaeological excavations in the Near East, resulting in a large body of award-winning fieldwork.

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