My Nine Lives: Sixty Years in Israeli and Biblical Archaeology

William G. Dever


Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 23


This autobiography of William G. Dever is unabashedly his story, in which he offers candid reflections not only on his life but also on the remarkable generation of giants of archaeology in Israel and the evolving history of the fields of biblical and Israeli archaeology. Chapters cover the ups and downs in Dever’s life and career with brutal honesty. His memoir concludes with a postscript on the likely future of biblical archaeology and an annotated bibliography for serious readers who wish to explore some of the scholarly literature to flesh out Dever’s narrative.

William G. Dever is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Professor Emeritus at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Professor Dever has more than fifty-five years of archaeological field experience and is the author of more than four hundred publications, including What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? What Archeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel (2001), Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come from? (2003), and The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect (2012).