Ethnicity and Origin of the Iron I Settlers in the Highlands of Canaan: Can the Real Israel Stand Up?

  title={Ethnicity and Origin of the Iron I Settlers in the Highlands of Canaan: Can the Real Israel Stand Up?},
  author={Israel Finkelstein},
  journal={The Biblical Archaeologist},
  pages={198 - 212}
  • I. Finkelstein
  • Published 1 December 1996
  • History
  • The Biblical Archaeologist
Who settled in the hundreds of small villages that dotted the hill country of Iron I Canaan? In last December's issue of "BA" devoted to ceramics and ethnicity, William Dever identified these highlanders as a new ethnic entity, as the people Israel. In a challenge to Dever's identification, Israel Finkelstein argues that Dever is too conservative archaeologically; Dever has valued ceramics over settlement patterns. Moreover, Dever's historical reconstruction clings too tightly to the biblical… 
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