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Title: Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah
Author: Dever, William G
Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2017
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780884142188
Volumes: 1; Pages: 772
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A handbook for biblical scholars and historians of the ancient Near East
William G. Dever offers a welcome perspective on ancient Israel and Judah that prioritizes the archaeological remains to render history as it was not as the biblical writers argue it should have been. Drawing from the most recent archaeological data as interpreted from a nontheological point of view and supplementing that data with biblical material only when it converges with the archaeological record, Dever analyzes all the evidence at hand to provide a new history of ancient Israel and Judah that is accessible to all interested readers.
Chapter I: "History from Things": on history and history-writing. Excursus I: a critique of the "European Seminar on Methodology in Israel's History," 1998-2010
Chapter II. Prelude: the physical and cultural setting at the end of the Bronze Age
Chapter III. The emergence of Israel in the light of history. Excursus I: Rainey's Transjordanian Shasu as "Earliest Israel Excursis II: Finkelstein's "Sedentarized Pastoralists"
Chapter IV. The rise of Territorial States: the 10th Cent Excursus I. C14 dates of Megiddo and Tel Rehov
Chapter V. The consolidation of the State. The Iron II B Period (9th-8th cent.)
Chapter VI. Iron IIC: Judah in the 7th Century