By William G. Dever
Confronting the variety of present scholarly interpretations heavily and dispassionately, Dever rejects either the revisionists who signify biblical literature as "pious propaganda" and the conservatives who're afraid to even query its factuality. trying to holiday via this deadlock, Dever attracts on thirty years of archaeological fieldwork within the close to East, accumulating quite a lot of demanding proof for his personal compelling view of the advance of Israelite history.
In his look for the particular conditions of Israel's emergence in Canaan, Dever reevaluates the Exodus-Conquest traditions within the books of Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, and 1 & 2 Samuel within the gentle of well-documented archaeological proof from the overdue Bronze Age and early Iron Age. between this significant proof are a few three hundred small agricultural villages lately came across within the heartland of what may later turn into the biblical country of Israel. in response to Dever, the actual ancestors of the "Israelite peoples" have been probably Canaanites -- including a few pastoral nomads and small teams of Semitic slaves escaping from Egypt -- who, during the lengthy cultural and socioeconomic struggles mentioned within the publication of Judges, controlled to forge a brand new agrarian, communitarian, and monotheistic society.
Written in an attractive, obtainable sort and that includes fifty photos that aid carry the archaeological checklist to existence, this publication presents an authoritative assertion at the origins of old Israel and offers to reinvigorate dialogue in regards to the historicity of the biblical tradition.