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Interview with Bill Deaver
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Bill Deaver
American archaeologist specializing in the history of              and the Near East in Biblical times
1966: Ph.D. from Harvard
1975 to 2002: Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson
"The Lives of                  People in Ancient Israel"
Deals with the 8th century BC and shows how those people whose lives are not reflected in the Bible actually lived.
"Did God Have a         ?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel"
examines what he calls folk religion in ancient Israel
"What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?: What                      Can Tell Us About the Reality of Ancient Israel"
this book contains two different works: one is a helpful introduction to the world of         -Palestinian archaeology and its possible interaction with biblical studies, while the other is a                  against a certain cadre of scholars and the philosophical background they represent, it will be rare to find a nonspecialist reader who has interest in the former but is also willing to dig through the latter
current book: "An Archeological History of Ancient Israel and           "
600 page book
based on the material cultural evidence rather than on the Biblical texts
does not ignore the biblical texts but argues that they are                    to archeology
"what I did was pretend I never heard of the            although I'm trained as classically as you are"
answers the question: what would we know about this area and time of history if we didn't have the Bible?
compared to the           , today we know much more about the archeological history of Israel
the Bible is limited in what it can tell us about the area of Israel in the          Age, but archeology is open-ended
Israel is one of the more                      areas of the world when it comes to archeology
I tried to keep the controversies in the footnotes and allow the text to flow
80% comes from archeology and 20% from the Biblical texts
example which shows that there is much more archeological information than what is mentioned in the Bible
in the 9th century,          established a new dynasty in the Northern Kingdom and moved the capital to Samaria
the Book of Kings gives seven verses to his whole life
Biblical writers say basically that he was not a nice guy
there is a rich history that can be compiled of him based on archeological finds such as the              records
the Davidic Era
we have at least one extra-Biblical text referring to a David of that time
the Biblical stories seem              than life, the question is who was David, assuming that he lived
the later you come in time, the more                            Biblical writers are
when they talk about the fall of Jerusalem in 586, they were there
the farther back in time you go the more difficult it is to read the Biblical stories just at face value
they are probably not completely made up, but they are                       
the Bible is                  literature so these stories are most always moving in a certain direction, usually to teach the readers a            lesson, it isn't interested in exactly what happened
archeology is a primary sources because
it is interested in exactly what happened
it is closer to the events that happened
it is                    over time as there are new discoveries and studies
there needs to be more collaboration between                            and more traditional Biblical scholars


######################### (970-873 BC)
The sixth king of Israel after Jeroboam, credited with the construction of Samaria and establishing it as his capital
  • successful military campaigner
  • founder of the House of Omri which which included other monarchs such as Ahab, Ahaziah, Joram, and Athaliah
######################### (1040-970 BC)
Second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah
  • 1010–1002BC: ruled over Judah
  • 1002–970BC: ruled over United Kingdom
  • a righteous king, not without faults
  • acclaimed warrior, musician, and poet, traditionally credited for composing many of the psalms

Ideas and Concepts:

Book tip of the day via this morning's Biblical History class: "The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel:When Archaeology and the Bible Intersect. "Deals with the 8th century BC and shows how those people whose lives are not reflected in the Bible actually lived. Unlike other histories of Ancient Israel, particularly those of the minimalist school about which Dever is scathing in his critique, Dever privileges archaeology above any written text or academic theory for Israel's origins and history. His knowledge of the archaeology is extensive, even encyclopaedic, and he shares this with the reader throughout the ten chapters."
The Merneptah Stele: The Oldest Reference to Israel
Canaan as Outback between Mesopotamia and Egypt Civilization Centers
The Three Centers of Early Jewish History
The Amarna Letters and Egypt's Presence in Canaan During the New Kingdom
The End of Egyptian Imperial Control
Maps of Historical Biblical Regions
Interview with Bill Deaver
Israel, Judah, and the Campaign of Shishak
The Omride Dynasty
725 BC: The Fall of Israel to Assyria
The Kingdom of Judah and Sennacherib
The Fall of Judah
The History of Israel According to Genesis and Exodus
Archaeological Theories on the History of Israel
The Rise of the Iron Age Kingdoms
Bronze Age vs. Iron Age Material Culture
History of the Central Highland States
Judah After the Babylonian Conquest
Factors Leading to the Depopulation Of Israel
The Elephantine Papyri
Judahite Communities in Babylon
Ezra-Nehemiah and Haggai on Temple Rebuilding
The Biblical Project
From the Bible to the Sumerian King List
Genesis Chapter 26: Isaac, Abimelek and Rebekah
The Biblical Authors' Portrayal of Women and Heroism
The Bible's Treatment of Heroic Death
Portrayal of Death in the Bible