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The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect
Dever, William G.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012 pp. x + 436. $25.00


Description: In this book William Dever addresses the question that must guide every good historian of ancient Israel: What was life really like in those days? He presents his answers in a book that is 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 B.C.E. - not kings, priests, or prophets - people who left behind rich troves of archaeological information but who are practically invisible in "typical" histories of ancient Israel. Illustrated by photos, maps, charts, site plans, and specially commissioned drawings, Dever's work brings vividly to life a world too long buried beneath dusty texts and stony landscapes.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology


Review by Aren M. Maeir
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Published 3/1/2013
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of William G. Dever, The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Diana Edelman
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Published 3/1/2013
Citation: Diana Edelman, review of William G. Dever, The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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