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Historical and Biblical IsraelThe History, Tradition, and Archives of Israel and Judah$
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Reinhard G. Kratz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728771.001.0001

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The Two Kingdoms

The Two Kingdoms

(p.18) II The Two Kingdoms
Historical and Biblical Israel

G. Kratz Reinhard

Oxford University Press

Chapter II provides a reconstruction of the beginnings of the monarchy in Israel and Judah under Saul, David, and Solomon in the tenth century BCE, and investigates the two kingdoms separately throughout the centuries until the end of the kingdom of Israel, in 722 BCE, and the end of Judah, in 587 BCE. Mainly based on the annalistic framework and few historical notes scattered across the books of Samuel and Kings, and on the epigraphical sources, the reconstruction shows how the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah compares to the history of its neighbors (Ammon, Moab, Edom, Arameans) and proves far less spectacular than the narrative and theological evaluation suggested by the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords:   Davidic kingdom, kingdom of Israel, kingdom of Judah, Monarchy, pre-exilic period, political history, religion of Israel, religion of Judah

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