“…the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land [of Canaan] in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is the fact that the united kingdom of David and Solomon, described in the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom.
“The new theories envision this modest chiefdom as based in a Jerusalem that was essentially a cow town, not the glorious capital of an empire.”
The Bible Unearthed: Archeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts by Israel Finkelstein, Chairman, Department of Archeology, Tel Aviv University, Palestine; and Neil Asher Silberman, archeology historian and journalist. Reported in Haaretz by Ze’ev Herzog, 1999. Quoted in The Black Holocaust And Other Tragedies, 2006