Shalom, everyone! The following is part two of a three-part lecture series given by renown archaeologist, Dr. William G. Dever, about recent archaeological discoveries and biblical research providing greater insight into the Israelite settlement of the Land of Canaan. Was their settlement of Canaan as it was written in the Book of Joshua? Was there a mass exodus of nomads from the wilderness in Canaan, or was the Israelite settlement of Canaan the result of peaceful infiltration or an internal social uprising? Was the Bible written to hide the true origins of Israelites, a subset of the Canaanite-Phoenician peoples? This lecture was delivered in 1985 at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, as part of the Stroum Jewish Studies program.
Historical and archaeological evidence presented in this lecture show some uncomfortable information about those we know as ancient Israelites and the scribes who wrote the Bible. This video may offend some, however, in our quest for truth we must accept the facts both pleasant and unpleasant. Of course, our universe has a Divine Creator – the Supreme Being. That does not change. Who He is our human minds will never fully understand. Nevertheless, we must serve Him as our existence depends on Him. We must continue to question all the dogma we have been fed in the past.
The Bible must be read objectively, thoroughly, and without bias; this book is not to be followed blindly. Those who follow the Bible blindly or without scholarship often do irreparable harm to innocent people. As we have stated before, we should all endeavor to uncover the truth about our spiritual systems and their related texts:
“It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,” ~ Proverbs 25:2
Professor William Dever of the University of Arizona, Tucson talks about the archeological discoveries that shed light on ancient Israelites and Canaanites. Part of the 1985 Stroum Lecture series hosted by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington.
Stroum Lectures 1985: Israelite Settlement in Canaan II- William Dever
Video from StroumJewishStudies/YouTube