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The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World

Stephen C. Russell


The King and the Land offers a history of space and power in the world of the Hebrew Bible. It shows how the monarchies in ancient Israel and Judah asserted their legitimacy in relation to strategically important spaces: privately held lands, religious buildings, collectively governed towns, and urban water supply systems. Case studies in the book treat Solomon’s use of foreign architecture (1 Kings 5–8), David’s dedication of land to Yahweh (2 Samuel 24), Jehu’s decommissioning of Baal’s temple (2 Kings 10), Absalom’s navigation of the collective politics of Levantine towns (2 Samuel 15), and ... More

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, space, power, king, archaeology, ancient Near East, Iron Age, book of Samuel, book of Kings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199361885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen C. Russell, author
Assistant Professor of Ancient History, John Jay College, CUNY

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