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A Comprehensive Introduction to Archaeology and the Hebrew Bible

Eight Lectures by Master Teacher and World-Famous Archaeologist William G. Dever, created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society

Did the Israelites escape slavery in a mass exodus from Egypt?

Was there a King David who established the United Monarchy in Jerusalem?

What was everyday life like in ancient Israel?


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Lecture One

An Orientation to Biblical Archaeology: History, Aims and Methods

Lecture Two

Patriarchs and Matriarchs: History or Fiction?


Lecture Three

Who Were the Early Israelites, and Where Did They Come From?

Lecture Four

The Rise of the Israelite State: the “United Monarchy”

Lecture Five

Religion and Cult: One God or Many?

Lecture Six

Everyday Life in Biblical Times


Lecture Seven

Israel’s Neighbors in the Light of Recent Archaeological Research

Lecture Eight

The Assyrian and Babylonian Destructions: The End or the Beginning?


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About William G. Dever

Professor William G. Dever, one of America’s most eminent Near Eastern archaeologists specializing in the Bible and a much sought-after lecturer, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1966. He served as director of the American Schools of Oriental Research (later the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research) in Jerusalem from 1971 to 1975. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, Tuscon as Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology in the Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology Departments, later becoming the head of the Department of Oriental Studies (1978-81) and the head of the Department of Near Eastern Studies (1989-1994). Professor Dever retired from the University of Arizona in 2002.

He is perhaps best known in archaeological circles as the excavator of Gezer, the major mound between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that, according to the Bible, was given to Solomon by pharaoh as part of his daughter’s dowry when she was given in marriage to the Israelite king. At Gezer, Professor Dever excavated a city gate attributed to King Solomon. Professor Dever has also excavated at numerous other sites in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus. His many popular books include What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? (2001); Who Were the Israelites and Where Did They Come From? (2003); and Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel, (2005). He is also the author of hundreds of scholarly articles, reviews and monographs. In 1982, he received the Percia Schimmel Prize from the Israel Museum for distinction in archaeology.

He currently divides his time between his home in Cyprus, where his wife Pamela excavates, and Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, where he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology.