- Hardcover: 772 pages
- Publisher: SBL Press; First edition (November 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884142183
- ISBN-13: 978-0884142188
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.8 inches
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Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah First Edition
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Beyond the Texts is the most significant, original synthesis of archaeological and biblical data relevant for understanding Israelite history produced in decades. It provides a cornucopia of information and insights to archaeologists, biblicists, and historians.
In this encyclopedic yet very readable book, Dever spells out the analytical methodologies that he deploys when appraising the significance of archaeological and biblical data and of their past interpretations. He arranges these data into useful categories so as to illustrate what may be inferred from them about general or specific aspects of Israel's political, social, economic, and religious life during the Iron Age.
Dever's devastating critique of mistaken and misleading assertions by some scholars and his evaluations of what is and is not relevant for advancing scholarly discourses establishes this book as a bedrock that will make yet-to-be-written twenty-first-century histories of ancient Israel possible.--Ziony Zevit, American Jewish University
In his impressive magnum opus, Dever presents a high-resolution archaeological portrait of ancient Israel and Judah spanning over 500 years of history. Beyond the Texts is a persuasive and definitive response to the "biblical minimalists" who deny the historical dimensions of a biblical Israel. Dever proves that it is possible to write a multidimensional material culture based history of early Israel and Judah through the lens of archaeology.--Ann E. Killebrew, The Pennsylvania State University
About the Author
William G. Dever is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Professor Emeritus at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Professor Dever has more than fifty-five years of archaeological field experience and is the author of more than four hundred publications.
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