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Lifestyles of the Poor and Common: What the Bible and Archaeology Tell Us About Everyday Life in Ancient Israel

Lifestyles of the Poor and Common: What the Bible and Archaeology Tell Us About Everyday Life in Ancient Israel

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By (author) William G. Dever

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802867014
  • ISBN 13: 9780802867018
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 336,523

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The Lives of Ordinary People tells the untold story of how the vast majority of Israelites the people who are usually overlooked in "typical" histories of ancient Israel lived during the eighth century b.c.e. William G. Dever applies the latest archaeological evidence and his own considerable expertise to answer the question What was it really like to live in Israel's divided kingdom? Writing as an archaeologist who is also a secular humanist, Dever relies primarily on archaeological data rather than the Hebrew Bible for his source material. He uncovers and analyzes rich archaeological troves that provide vital clues about how most people lived. Illustrated by photos, maps, charts, site plans, and specially commissioned drawings, Dever's work brings vividly to life a world too long buried beneath dusty texts and stony landscapes.

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Susan Ackerman -- Dartmouth College"Bill Dever has done it again -- assembled cutting-edge archaeological data to paint a vibrant picture of the world of ancient Israel. . . . A wonderful resource for students of the Bible and of the biblical world." Ziony Zevit -- American Jewish University"Provides a most competent analysis of the pungently grounded, material world within which flesh-and-blood Israelites lived during the eighth century B.C.E. . . . When not using this book as an anthropological trip to the past, readers may explore it as a market for scintillating ideas in which they will find new food for thought and topics for conversation." Carol Meyers -- Duke University"Dever writes with the acumen of an expert scholar and the verve of an accomplished storyteller. . . . His lucid prose transforms complex interpretive problems into an accessible and engaging discussion enhanced by many well-chosen photos and drawings." Ronald Hendel -- University of California"A wonderful read, spiced with vast archaeological knowledge and spirited polemics." Avraham Faust -- Bar-Ilan University"Dever's detailed and thorough discussion, along with the fact that this book is one of very few works that discuss the most fundamental questions concerning Iron Age Israelite society, will make it essential reading for students and scholars."