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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006 - History - 268 pages
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A respected archaeologist's engaging, revealing take on ancient Israel For centuries the Western tradition has traced its origins back to ancient Israel. But recently some historians and archaeologists have questioned the historical truth of Israel as it is described in biblical literature. Are the biblical accounts of Israel's origins, the memorable stories of the Exodus and Conquest, "historical" at all in the modern sense? This fascinating book by leading authority William Dever examines the controversies and the archaeological evidence behind the well-known Bible stories. Writing for general readers but dealing with very real problems in biblical studies, Dever rejects both the revisionists who characterize biblical literature as "pious propaganda" and the conservatives who are afraid to even question its factuality. Through his exhaustive examination of the archaeological evidence, he instead seeks to approach the biblical text and the external data with no preconceptions, singling out where the two lines of evidence converge. A thorough yet readable examination of a much-debated subject -- of relevance also to the current Israeli-Palestinian situation -- this book is sure to reinvigorate discussion of the origins of ancient Israel.

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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

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

The title doesn't leave much room for doubt when it comes to the content of the book. An archaeological survey of what we know about the early Israelites and proposes an interpretation for the data ... 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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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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