On the historical value of the Bible:
Hector Avalos is quoting Dever because he is a Bible scholar who, like all scholars disregard the historical accuracy of the Bible but Dever, wants to keep just a few books in high regard. So Avalos demonstrates the attitude of this man, so enthusiastic about the historical accuracy of the Bible, with:
[15:21] [Quoting Dever] “With most scholars I would exclude much of the Pentateuch, specifically the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers… much of what is called in the English Bible ‘poetry,’ ‘wisdom,’ and ‘devotional literature’ must also be eliminated from historical consideration. Ruth, Ester, Job, and Danial historical novella with contrived “real-life settings” the latter dating as late as the second century B.C.” Well what’s left?! Well, what’s left is Samual, Kings, Judges.
Just more reason why you should not read the Bible, read anything but the Bible, even read the Bible scholars, just not the Bible itself.
[31:30]“Yes you’ve probably heard of the James ossuary. This is supposed to be the earliest mention of Jesus in the archaeological record.” It has been declared to be a forgery by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. And beyond that, Jesus and James were common names anyway.
[36:55]“In a 2005 Gallop poll: fewer than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible.” Wouldn’t you also like to be American too?
Minnesota Atheists: Hector Avalos - The end of Biblical Studies