Ahad HaAm High School, Petah Tikva, Israel
From 1963 to 1967 Israel Finkelstein attended Ahad HaAm High School.
Tel Aviv University,
In 1974 Israel Finkelstein received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tel Aviv University, a Master of Arts degree in 1978, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1983.
(This book, intended to be the first of three publications...)
This book, intended to be the first of three publications which, as a whole, aims to provide an overall synthesis of the long-term settlement and demographic processes that took place in the arid zones of the southern Levant. it covers the period from the Early Bronze Age to the later Iron Age of the 7th - 6th centuries BC, with a focus on the general historical processes rather than specific sites or features.
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These two volumes present the results of the painstaking pedestrian site-by-site survey of the Southern Samaria region, the heartland of Biblical Israel. More than 500 sites have been identified and are indexed for easy reference. The excellent aerial photographs accompanying the description of the sites are of immense historical interest. These are unique documents of a vanished countryside now built over to accommodate an increased population. The detailed archaeological report covers finds from all periods, including Byzantine and Medieaval, and incorporates a comprehensive review of historical sources.
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In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors. They argue that crucial evidence (or a telling lack of evidence) at digs in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible - the wanderings of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, and David and Solomon’s vast empire - reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts. Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.
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There has been an explosion of recent discoveries in biblical archaeology. These finds have shed a powerful light on figures and stories from the Bible - and completely changed what we know about some of its most famous characters. The reputations of the first great kings, David and Solomon, evolved over hundreds of years. In David and Solomon, leading archaeologists Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman focus on the two great leaders as a window into the entire biblical era. David and Solomon cover one thousand years of ancient civilization, separating fact from legend and proving that the roots of the western tradition lie very deep.
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Three decades of dialogue, discussion, and debate within the interrelated disciplines of Syro-Palestinian archaeology, ancient Israelite history, and Hebrew Bible over the question of the relevance of the biblical account for reconstructing early Israels history have created the need for a balanced articulation of the issues and their prospective resolutions. This book brings together for the first time and under one cover, a currently emerging centrist paradigm as articulated by two leading figures in the fields of early Israelite archaeology and history. Although Finkelstein and Mazar advocate distinct views of early Israels history, they nevertheless share the position that the material cultural data, the biblical traditions, and the ancient Near Eastern written sources are all significantly relevant to the historical quest for Iron Age Israel. The results of their research are featured in accessible, parallel syntheses of the historical reconstruction of early Israel that facilitate comparison and contrast of their respective interpretations. The historical essays presented here are based on invited lectures delivered in October of 2005 at the Sixth Biennial Colloquium of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Detroit, Michigan.
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Although Israel was dominant for most of the time the kingdoms of Israel and Judah coexisted, it has remained in Judah s shadow in both the Hebrew Bible and consequently in the attention of modern scholarship. This book presents the first comprehensive history of the northern kingdom and description of the archaeology of northern Israel from the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1350 B.C.E.) until the kingdom's fall in 720 B.C.E. and beyond. It tells the story of the northern kingdom primarily in its formative phases. The narrative is based in archaeology and makes use of the most updated field research, with the addition of what is known from ancient Near Eastern and biblical texts. Finkelstein's thirty years of fieldwork in sites related to the northern kingdom have paved the way for a new understanding of the history and archaeology of ancient Israel.
(In this collection of essays, Israel Finkelstein deals wi...)
In this collection of essays, Israel Finkelstein deals with key topics in Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles, such as the list of returnees, the construction of the city wall of Jerusalem, the adversaries of Nehemiah, the tribal genealogies, and the territorial expansion of Judah in 2 Chronicles. Finkelstein argues that the geographical and historical realities cached behind at least parts of these books fit the Hasmonean period in the late second century BCE. Seven previously published essays are supplemented by maps, updates to the archaeological material, and references to recent publications on the topics.
From 1956 to 1963 Israel Finkelstein studied at the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association elementary school in Petah Tikva. From 1963 to 1967 Finkelstein attended Ahad HaAm High School. In 1974 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tel Aviv University, a Master of Arts degree in 1978, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1983.
From 1979 to 1981 Israel Finkelstein was a teaching assistant at Tel Aviv University. From 1976 to 1990 he taught at the Department of Land of Israel Studies at Bar-Ilan University, beginning as a teaching assistant. In 1986 he was appointed an associate professor at the Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and served until 1987.
Since 1990 he has taught at Tel Aviv University and became a full professor in 1992. From 1994 to 1998 Finkelstein was a chairperson at the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies there. From 1996 to 2003 he was a director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. In 2002 he was appointed the Jacob M. Alkow Chair in the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University.
He also taught at the Sorbonne in Paris, Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, the University of Buenos Aires and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Finkelstein gave a series of lectures in the Methodist University of San Paolo, the International Christian University of Tokyo and the University of Zurich. He is the author of many books that document his explorations and theories.
(Three decades of dialogue, discussion, and debate within ...)2007
(In this collection of essays, Israel Finkelstein deals wi...)2018
(This book, intended to be the first of three publications...)1995
(In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and lege...)2001
(Although Israel was dominant for most of the time the kin...)2013
(These two volumes present the results of the painstaking ...)1997
(There has been an explosion of recent discoveries in bibl...)2006
Israel Finkelstein is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a foreign member (Associé étranger) of the Institut de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
On April 5, 1990, Israel Finkelstein married Joelle Cohen, an archaeologist and heritage site development consultant. They have two children: Adar, Sarai.