William G. Dever is a Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, he served for four years as director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem (now the William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research). A world-renowned archaeologist, Professor Dever has dug at numerous sites in Jordan and Israel. He served as director of the major excavations at Gezer from 1966 to 1971. His most recent book, The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel, was published in 2012 (Eerdmans).