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Who were the early Israelites, and where did they come from?

Author: William G Dever
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book addresses one of the most timely and urgent topics in archaeology and biblical studies - the origins of early Israel. For centuries the Western tradition has traced its beginnings back to ancient Israel, but recently some historians and archaeologists have questioned the reality of Israel as it is described in biblical literature. In Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? William  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William G Dever
ISBN: 9780802809759 0802809758
OCLC Number: 968641701
Description: xi, 257 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
Toward another synthesis on the origins and nature of 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?
Responsibility: William G. Dever.

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"This book addresses one of the most timely and urgent topics in archaeology and biblical studies - the origins of early Israel. For centuries the Western tradition has traced its beginnings back to ancient Israel, but recently some historians and archaeologists have questioned the reality of Israel as it is described in biblical literature. In Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? William Dever explores the continuing controversies regarding the true nature of ancient Israel and presents the archaeological evidence for assessing the accuracy of the well-known Bible stories."--Jacket.

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