Who Lived in Ancient Israel?
I am surprised that there was not more of a firestorm after Nova aired its show on the Bible. This gives me hope that my book (The Woman Who Named God) will not be attacked when it comes out as I discuss many of the same theories. My favorite moment on the show is when William Dever explains his hypothesis that the original Israelites did not actually come from Mesopotamia, but were probably Canaanite peasants who were unhappy with the treatment they received from the Canaanite elite and moved inland away from the sea. Thus lekh lekha, Abraham and Sarah’s departure from Mesopotamia, never really happened, or at least not quite the way we thought it did. Dever does say that he thinks these proto Israelites were Canaanites looking for a new way of life. Here’s a great link to the Nova website where you can hear Dever talk about this idea. His famous book (2003) is Who Were The Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?