Excavating the Hebrew Bible, or Burying It Again?

  title={Excavating the Hebrew Bible, or Burying It Again?},
  author={William G. Dever},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research},
  pages={67 - 77}
  • W. Dever
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
from their rereading of the Hebrew Bible in the light of archaeology can be reduced to three propositions, which I would formulate as follows. (1) The story of "Biblical Israel" found in the Deuteronomistic history-the books of Joshua through Kings-is "survival" literature, produced by orthodox, nationalist reform parties during the Assyrian crisis in the brief reign of Josiah, late in Judah's history. The entire biblical tradition of ancient Israel, from the so-called Patriarchal era to the… 
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