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    DescriptionA 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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    Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William G. Dever
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 513 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802809759
    ISBN 10: 0802809758

    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    BIC subject category V2: HR
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 933
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL006000
    LC classification: DS115.5 \.
    Thema V1.0: QR, NHF, NHC
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Publication date
    18 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Grand Rapids