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From the PublisherDavid Noel Freedman
"Dever is one of the very best archaeologists of the Near East, and everything he writes needs to be taken with the utmost seriousness. . . . Required reading."
"Dever provides a judicious analysis of archaeological data and shows how it squares with what much of the biblical text tells us. . . . Highly polemical (and for good reason), this book attempts to correct various recent assertions based more on feelings for the modern Israeli-Palestinian question than on any concern for honest history. . . . Dever's accessible book offers a sound critical examination of Israel's origins. An advisable purchase for all academic and most public libraries."
"A helpful introduction to the world of Syro-Palestinian archaeology and its possible interaction with biblical studies."
The Jerusalem Report
"Meticulously detailed . . . very illuminating, well-informed and surprisingly balanced."
Lawrence E. Stager
"William Dever, a master of the world of Syro-Palestinian archaeology and history, has written a masterpiece."