According to Jennifer Wallace of Smithsonian Magazine

Biblical minimalists . . . argue that the Old Testament is literary rather than historical—the work of ideologues who wrote it between the fifth and second centuries b.c.—and that Moses, Joshua, David and Solomon never even existed.

The Armchair Archaeologist says: minimalists are muggers. Talk about ideologues! Why is it that any other culture in the ancient Near East, say Sumeria, Babylon or Persia, can have historical authenticity with some archaeologists, but when it comes to the ancient Israelites they are automatically viewed as historically unreliable at best? There’s certainly an agenda going on here. The truly unreliable archaeological study happening here is on the part of the minimalists who start out with a conclusion and work backwards to interpret their results.