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Confronting the Past

Archaeological and Historical Essays on Ancient Israel in Honor of William G. Dever

Edited by Seymour Gitin, J. Edward Wright, and J. P. Dessel

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Confronting the Past

Archaeological and Historical Essays on Ancient Israel in Honor of William G. Dever

Edited by Seymour Gitin, J. Edward Wright, and J. P. Dessel

William G. Dever is recognized as the doyen of North American archaeologist-historians who work in the field of the ancient Levant. He is best known as the director of excavations at the site of Gezer but has worked at numerous other sites, and his many students have led dozens of other expeditions. He has been editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, was for many years professor in the influential archaeology program at the University of Arizona, and now in retirement continues actively to write and publish. In this volume, 46 of his colleagues and students contribute essays in his honor, reflecting the broad scope of his interests, particularly in terms of the historical implications of archaeology.

 

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William G. Dever is recognized as the doyen of North American archaeologist-historians who work in the field of the ancient Levant. He is best known as the director of excavations at the site of Gezer but has worked at numerous other sites, and his many students have led dozens of other expeditions. He has been editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, was for many years professor in the influential archaeology program at the University of Arizona, and now in retirement continues actively to write and publish. In this volume, 46 of his colleagues and students contribute essays in his honor, reflecting the broad scope of his interests, particularly in terms of the historical implications of archaeology.

Part 1: Archaeology

The Sad Fate of Statues and the Mutilated Statues of Hazor Amnon Ben-Tor

An Archaeologist on Mars Giorgio Buccellati

Of Pots and Paradigms: Interpreting the Intermediate Bronze Age in Israel/Palestine Shlomo Bunimovitz and Raphael Greenberg

A Decorated Ivory Lid from Tel Miqne-Ekron Trude Dothan

Har Resisim 126: An Ephemeral Early Bronze Age Site Barry M. Gittlen

Gezer Rectified: The Dating of the South Gate Complex James W. Hardin and Joe D. Seger

An Early Iron Age I House with a Cultic Corner at Tall al-ºUmayri, Jordan Larry G. Herr

Aphrodite/Astarte on Horseback Vassos Karageorghis

Planning a Paleolithic Picnic Albert Leonard, Jr.

The Archaic Palace at Ebla: A Royal Building between the Early Bronze Age IVB and Middle Bronze Age I Paolo Matthiae

Tel Beth-Shean and the Fate of Mounds in the Intermediate Bronze Age Amihai Mazar

Early Bronze Age IV Transitions: An Archaeometallurgical Study Suzanne Richard

The Chipped Stone Assemblage from Be’er Resisim in the Negev Highlands: A Preliminary Study Steven A. Rosen, Sorin Hermon, Jacob Vardi, and Yael Abadi

Podium Structures with Lateral Access: Authority Ploys in Royal Architecture in the Iron Age Levant Ilan Sharon and Anabel Zarzecki-Peleg

Chariot Fittings from Philistine Askhelon Lawrence E. Stager

Goddesses and Cults at Tel Dor Ephraim Stern

Cypriot Anthropomorphic Figurines of a Certain Type Stuart Swiny

Part 2: Bible and Ancient Israel

Women and the Worship of Yahweh in Ancient Israel Susan Ackerman

Purity Strategies and Political Interests in the Policy of Nehemiah Rainer Albertz

Proto-Globalization and Proto-Secularization in Ancient Israel Norman K. Gottwald

The Miraculous Wine of Cana in Its Galilean Ceramic Context Baruch Halpern

The Archaeology of Memory: King Solomon, Chronology, and Biblical Representation Ronald Hendel

Khirbet el-Qôm and Hebrew and Aramaic Epigraphy André Lemaire

The Ecological Consequences of a Siege: A Marginal Note on Deuteronomy 20:19–20 Aren M. Maeir, Oren Ackermann, and Hendrik J. Bruins

Hierarchy or Heterarchy? Archaeology and the Theorizing of Israelite Society Carol Meyers

Israel and Its Neighbors Then and Now: Revisionist History and the Quest for History in the Middle East Today Eric M. Meyers

Ostracon No from Arad Reconsidered Nadav Na’aman

Looking for Bethel: An Exercise in Historical Geography Anson F. Rainey

In Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 6–7): Between Text and Archaeology Mark S. Smith

Part 3: Ancient Near East

The Predecessors of the Hyksos Manfred Bietak

“His Seed Is Not”: 13th-Century BCE Israel David Noel Freedman and David Miano

Solomon and Gezer Volkmar Fritz

Hezekiah’s Tribute, Long-Distance Trade, and the Wealth of Nations ca,000–600 BC: A New Perspective John S. Holladay, Jr.

Gezer and Circumcision Philip J. King

Covenant and Blood Rituals: Understanding Exodus 24:3–8 in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context Theodore J. Lewis

Trade Relations between Mari and Hazor (State of Research, 2002) Abraham Malamat

Implicit Population Figures and Historical Sense: What Happened to 200,150 Judahites in 701 BCE? Ziony Zevit

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Other Ancient Sources

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