Biblical Archaeology Review 22:5, September/October 1996

Is the Bible Right After All? BAR Interviews William Dever—Part Two

By Hershel Shanks

Continuing their wide-ranging conversation, excavator Bill Dever and Hershel Shanks turn to a crucial issue: How the Bible and archaeology can be used—and misused—to illuminate each other.

HS: What does it mean to be an Israelite in the 12th century B.C.E.? You call them proto-Israelites. What’s the difference between a proto-Israelite and an Israelite?

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