Beyond the Texts

Book Details

Author  William G. Dever
Publisher  SBL Press
Publication Date   November 3, 2017
ISBN  0884142183
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.


  • A new approach to the history of ancient Israel
  • Extensive bibliography
  • More than eighty maps and illustrations

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