William Dever is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and Milligan College.  He was Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum-Hebrew Union College Excavations at Gezer from 1966-71, 1984 and 1990; Director of the dig at Khirbet el-Kôm and Jebel Qacaqir (West Bank) from 1967-71; Principal Investigator at Tell el-Hayyat excavations (Jordan) 1981-85, and Assistant Director, University of Arizona Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus, 1991, among other excavations. In retirement, Dever has become a frequent author on questions relating to the historicity of the Bible.

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