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

@article{Finkelstein1996EthnicityAO,
  title={Ethnicity and Origin of the Iron I Settlers in the Highlands of Canaan: Can the Real Israel Stand Up?},
  author={I. Finkelstein},
  journal={The Biblical Archaeologist},
  year={1996},
  volume={59},
  pages={198 - 212}
}
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… Expand
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