ABOUT THIS BOOK
A new understanding of the history of the northern kingdom from 1350 B.C.E. to 720 B.C.E.
Beginning with the Canaanite city-states, through the Saulide dynasty, to the fall of Israel, Finkelstein presents the first comprehensive history of Israel integrating the analysis of more than thirty years of archaeological work with interpretation of ancient Near Eastern and biblical texts. Though Judah dominates the pages of the Hebrew Bible and contemporary studies, Israel dominates here as Finkelstein reveals the glory of the Omride dynasty, outlines how the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah developed parallel to one another, and highlights Israel’s transformation from kingdom to foundational idea.
- Archaeological analysis of the region of the northern kingdom
- Primary and secondary textual analysis from the ancient Near East and the biblical narrative
- Maps, tables, and images
- Discussion of Israel’s legacy