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The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect
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The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect


Eerdmans 2012

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William Dever addresses a central question that guides historians of ancient Israel: What was life really like in those days? His answer is this book—far from a run-of-the-mill “history of Israel.” Writing as an expert archaeologist who is also a secular humanist, Dever relies on archaeological data, over and above the Hebrew Bible, for primary source material. He focuses on the lives of ordinary people in the eighth century BC—not kings, priests, or prophets. Rather, he examines the lives of people who left behind rich troves of archaeological information, but who are practically invisible in typical histories of ancient Israel. Filled with photos, maps, charts, site plans, and specially commissioned drawings, Dever’s work brings a world long buried under dusty texts and stony landscapes vividly to life.

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Interested in ancient Israel? Be sure to check out the Eerdmans Israelite Studies Collection.

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About the Author

William G. Dever is professor emeritus of Near Eastern archaeology and anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has served as director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem, as director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and as visiting professor at universities around the world. He has spent 30 years conducting archaeological excavations in the Near East, resulting in a large body of award-winning fieldwork.