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Science  18 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5482, pp. 1145-1146
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5482.1145

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The Mythic Past Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel. Thomas L. Thompson. Basic (Perseus), New York, 1999. 432 pp. $30, C$44.95, £18.50. ISBN 0-465-00622-1. Paper, $17.50, C$25.95, £10.95. ISBN 0-465-00649-3.

From his survey of recent decades of studies on archaeological, agricultural, economic, and linguistic aspects of early Palestine history, Thompson concludes that the Old Testament provides no historical evidence for the early history of Israel. Our reviewer strongly disagrees.