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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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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
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.
Greg
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.
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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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