Shalom, everyone! The following is part three of a three-part lecture series given by renown archaeologist, Dr. William G. Dever, about the lost history of the Israelite and Canaanite cult. The culture and spiritual practices of the Israelites and Canaanites were virtually identical. They shared the same language, worshipped the same deities, celebrated the same feasts. They were not and never were a monotheistic people. The monotheistic culture of a subgroup group of the Israelites, the Judahites, was crafted by the priests and scribes in the later years of the Judahite monarchy and during their exile in Babylon. This lecture was delivered in 1985 at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, as part of the Stroum Jewish Studies program.
Historical and archaeological evidence presented in this lecture show some uncomfortable information about those we know as ancient Israelites and the scribes who wrote the Bible. This video may offend some, however, in our quest for truth we must accept the facts both pleasant and unpleasant. Of course, our universe has a Divine Creator – the Supreme Being. That does not change. Who He is our human minds will never fully understand. Nevertheless, we must serve Him as our existence depends on Him. We must continue to question all the dogma we have been fed in the past.
The Bible must be read objectively, thoroughly, and without bias; this book is not to be followed blindly. Those who follow the Bible blindly or without scholarship often do irreparable harm to innocent people. As we have stated before, we should all endeavor to uncover the truth about our spiritual systems and their related texts:
“It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,” ~ Proverbs 25:2
Professor William Dever of the University of Arizona, Tucson talks about the archeological discoveries that shed light on ancient Israelites and Canaanites. Part of the 1985 Stroum Lecture series hosted by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington.
Stroum Lectures 1985: The Lost Background of the Canaanite & Israelite Cult- William Dever
Video from StroumJewishStudies/YouTube