Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?

By William G. Dever

This e-book addresses probably the most well timed and pressing subject matters in archaeology and religious study -- the origins of early Israel. for hundreds of years the Western culture has traced its beginnings again to historical Israel, yet lately a few historians and archaeologists have wondered the truth of Israel because it is defined in biblical literature. In Who have been the Early Israelites and the place Did they arrive From? William Dever explores the continued controversies concerning the real nature of historical Israel and provides the archaeological facts for assessing the accuracy of the well known Bible stories.

Confronting the variety of present scholarly interpretations heavily and dispassionately, Dever rejects either the revisionists who symbolize 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, collecting a variety of challenging facts for his personal compelling view of the improvement of Israelite history.

In his look for the particular situations 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 mild of well-documented archaeological facts from the overdue Bronze Age and early Iron Age. between this crucial proof are a few three hundred small agricultural villages lately found within the heartland of what may later turn into the biblical kingdom of Israel. in keeping with Dever, the genuine ancestors of the "Israelite peoples" have been probably Canaanites -- including a few pastoral nomads and small teams of Semitic slaves escaping from Egypt -- who, in the course of the lengthy cultural and socioeconomic struggles acknowledged within the ebook of Judges, controlled to forge a brand new agrarian, communitarian, and monotheistic society.

Written in an interesting, obtainable kind and that includes fifty images that support convey the archaeological checklist to lifestyles, this e-book presents an authoritative assertion at the origins of old Israel and offers to reinvigorate dialogue in regards to the historicity of the biblical tradition.

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