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The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel: Invited Lectures Delivered at the Sixth Biennial Colloquium of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Detroit, October 2005

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Three decades of dialogue, discussion, and debate within the interrelated disciplines of Syro-Palestinian archaeology, Israelite history, and Hebrew Bible on the question of the reliability of the biblical account of Israel's history have made a balanced articulation of the issues and their resolution a desideratum. This book brings together for the first time under one co ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Brill Academic Publishers (first published October 24th 2007)
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Jonathan
An interesting back-and-forth between two of the leading archaeologists of Iron Age Israel. In point of fact, their points of view differ very little from each other. Mazar feels that the United Monarchy is almost certainly is a historical fact, while Finkelstein thinks that it almost certainly isn't, and there are some differences on the chronology of the era, moving events and people back or forth about 100 years or so. Other than that, we are treated to two extremely knowledgeable and experie ...more
Denise
Few years ago I read Mr. Finkelstein's book Bible Unearthed. So far I've enjoyed this book, it seems like a recap of what I read in the first. I seem to recall getting through the material of the first book easier.

In archeology that overlaps with handed down stories whether it is Hebrew scriptures or the Illiad, archeologists start by heavily relying on what the text says. If they're honest they'll adjust as evidence is uncovered.

conservative view = reliable record
-this is countered by archeolog
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David Vozak
Jun 02, 2014 David Vozak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book giving you opportunity to get sligtly different opinion to the one of Mr. Finkelstein. Little bit of repetition if you have red another Finkelstein's books.
Sally
Finkelstein's views are better expressed in "The Bible Unearthed," but Mazar's views provide an interesting counterpoint.
Greg
Apr 08, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible, archaeology
This is a nice little book, not particularly important in the history of the field, but it does a nice job of framing the debate within the "middle ground" of the archaeology of the Southern Levant. The main debate is around chronology and whether there was a united monarchy in Iron IIA.

Specialists will already be familiar with the issues and there is no new information here, however, the readers of the middle-brow journals, BAR and NEA, who don't work in the field will find it stimulating.
Jeremiah Riley
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Greater understanding of the field of Archeology and its importance as the main source for revealing the truth of ancient Israel.
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Israel Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He is a leading figure in the archaeology of the Levant and the laureate of the 2005 Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension -- Archaeology. Finkelstein served for many years as the Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University and is the co-Director of the Megiddo Expedition. He is the co-author, with Neil Si ...more
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