[b-hebrew] Wellhausen

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Dec 30 02:19:07 EST 2007

Just to clarify, for those who are not familiar with the positions:

N.A. Silberman is the American scholar who is the Israeli archaeologist 
Israel Finkelstein's partner in writing his recent popular books, in which 
he explains his "minimallist" views on the Uinted Monarchy (basically, that 
the archaeological evidence shows that there could not have been a powerful 
state in 10th century BCE Israel, and thus most of the biblical descriptions 
of the reigns of David and Solomon are late (in his view - Josianic) 
inventions. Amihai Mazar is one of the leading Israeli "secular" 
archeologists who, on purely archaeological grounds, does not agree with 
Finkelstein's analysis or with is conclusions. The Finkelstein-Mazar book 
which Yitzhak keeps mentioning is (I assume - I have not yet seen it) a 
collection of the arguments of both schools.

Yigal Levin

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yitzhak Sapir" <yitzhaksapir at gmail.com>
> I hope you're not confusing Mazar with Silberman.  It seems
> Finkelstein/Silberman was mentioned recently -- two months
> ago -- by Jim Stinehart.  But it seems to me more likely that
> for some reason, my references to the recent book (published
> this past month) of Finkelstein and Mazar somehow became
> confused with Finkelstein and Silberman's book.  The two are
> very different.
> Yitzhak Sapir

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