Two sources at this year’s ASOR conference in Chicago report a quote from Dr. Bill Dever at the end of the Qeiyafa sessions on Thursday. Anyone interested in the Bible’s relationship to archaeology and history will find this interesting.
“There was never a shred of empirical evidence for the Low Chronology… It’s the end of the late date chronology, and it’s time to lay this whole nonsense to rest.”
Low Chronology insists the biblical timeline for the Israelite kingdom is inaccurate. The Bible puts kingdom formation in David’s time ca. 1000 B.C. Low Chronologists claim the biblical history is fabricated and put the beginning of a kingdom close to a century later. Prof. Israel Finkelstein, a leading mind behind the Low Chronology, recently adjusted his date for the beginning Israel’s kingdom closer to 950 B.C. (For a summary of this see my third point on this previous post.)
The Low Chronology paradigm came about largely from a lack of physical evidence for the biblical timeline of Israel’s kingdom. Fresh evidence from the recent excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa have led many scholars to reevaluate the Low Chronology. Prof. Dever is a significant figure in Levantine archaeology, so his comments above may resonate.
I was not able to attend this year’s meeting. Sure would have been nice to see those sessions in person. No doubt all Low Chronologists will now give up the whole idea…? (Just kidding.)