Dr. Israel Finkelstein
Israel Finkelstein is Professor of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He finished his Ph.D. in 1983, taught at the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne and spent research years at Harvard and the Hebrew University. Finkelstein conducted many field projects, among them the excavations at biblical Shiloh and the celebrated site of Megiddo. Finkelstein is the author of many books and about 300 articles. Notable among the books are The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement (1988), Living on the Fringe (1995), The Bible Unearthed (2001), David and Solomon (2006 – the latter two with Neil Asher Silberman) and The Forgotten Kingdom (2013, won of the Prix Delalande Guérineau, 2014, of the Institut de France, l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). In 2005 Finkelstein won the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology. In 2009 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2010 received a doctorate Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne. Finkelstein is a 'correspondant étranger' of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. In 2009-2014 he directed the European Research Council-funded project titled "Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective".