The Rise of Jerusalem and Judah: the Missing Link

  title={The Rise of Jerusalem and Judah: the Missing Link},
  author={Israel Finkelstein},
  pages={105 - 115}
Abstract The paper attempts to identify early stages of state formation in Judah, before the great leap forward in population growth, building activities and literacy in the late-eighth and seventh centuries BCE. It surveys the Late Bronze, Iron I and early Iron II finds in Jerusalem in particular and the ]udahite countryside in general, and then turns to ninth-century finds in the Shephelah and the Beer-sheba Valley. The finds are evaluated according to the ‘Low Chronology’ system for the Iron… 
Redefining the Centre: The Emergence of State in Judah
Abstract Analysis of settlement traits in Judah during the Iron Age IIA generates fresh insight into the process of state formation in the Kingdom of Judah. Our conclusions are based on observation
The Kingdom of Judah in the 9th Century BCE: Text Analysis versus Archaeological Research
Abstract The article discusses the growth of the Kingdom of Judah in the 9th century BCE in light of documentary and archaeological evidence. I suggest that the chronistic short accounts immersed in
The history of the southern Levant in the early tenth century b.c.e. has been at the heart of well-known debates for more than a generation. Sharp disagreements concerning the affairs of the period
When Did the Shephelah Become Judahite?
Abstract The paper maintains that during the Iron I and much of the early Iron IIA the Shephelah was inhabited by independent—or at least autonomous— rural kinship groups that were not dominated by
Judah's Expansion in Historical Context
Abstract The rise of Judah as a territorial kingdom is characterized by expansion from the southern hill country to the Shephelah and the Beer-sheba–Arad Valleys. Archaeological and historical
Survival of the Fittest, or: Creation and Evolution of the Abrahamic Religions
The evolution of the Abrahamic religions begins with the proto-religion of Middle Palaeolithic interments in the Fertile Crescent, it continues in the two-phase funerals of Jericho, all the way to
The Philistines in the Bible: A Late-Monarchic Perspective
The biblical references to the Philistines do not contain any memory of early Iron I events or cultural behaviour. A few texts, such as the Ark Narrative and stories reflecting the importance of
The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible: History, Politics, and the Reinscribing of Tradition
The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible undertakes a comprehensive re-evaluation of the Bible's primary narrative in Genesis through Kings as it relates to history. It divides the core textual
Dealing with Tribes and States in Ancient Palestine
This paper offers a critique on state formation theories used in the explanation of the rise of the biblical United Monarchy. The last three decades of archaeological and biblical research have shown
Game of Thrones: Solomon’s ‘Succession Narrative’ and Esarhaddon’s Accession to the Throne
In this study I re-examine the vast literature that has grown around the work that Leonhard Rost called “the succession to the throne of David” (the Succession Narrative, or SN). I suggest that the


State Formation in Israel and Judah: A Contrast in Context, a Contrast in Trajectory
Always probing, always challenging, Professor Finkelstein offers here his latest re-evaluation of the pace and process of state development in the Iron Age Levant. Setting the argument within the
The contribution of the Amarna letters to the debate on Jerusalem's political position in the tenth century B.C.E.
Understanding of the problems involved in the excavations of multilayered highland sites and an examination of the long-range perspective are both essential for the correct appreciation of
The Age of Solomon: Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium
The figure of King Solomon is central to our understanding of the history of Israel and Judah. This volume of collected articles brings the reader up-to-date with the latest scholarship in the field.
The Archaeology of the United Monarchy: an Alternative View
AbstractThe article deals with the chronology of the early-Iron II strata in Palestine. A careful examination of the archaeological and textual data indicates that there is no safe chronological
The Iron Age extramural quarter on the South-East Hill
The British Schools and Institutes abroad (which are funded by the British Academy) have sustained a high level of archaeological activity over the last 30 years. This series, concentrating on work
Did Joab Climb “Warren’s Shaft”?
Although it has become fashionable to put a question-mark next to practically every tradition in the Old Testament which has to do with history prior to Babylonian exile, there remains nevertheless
The Amarna letters
An ancient inscription identified a ruin at el Amarna as "the place of the letters of the Pharaoh." Discovered there, in about 1887, were nearly four hundred cuneiform tablets containing
The Geopolitical History of Philistine Gath
  • W. Schniedewind
  • Sociology
    Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 1998
The identification of Philistine Gath with Tell eṣ-Ṣafi has met with widespread, though not complete, acceptance. The present study argues for using historical geography not only to identify the site
The Date of the Kapara Period at Gozan (Tell Halaf)
Ever since the discovery of the Palace of Kapara by Max von Oppenheim in 1911, there has been a debate—often acrimonious—with respect to its date. As late as 1934 there was a variation of some two
Bible Archaeology or Archaeology of Palestine in the Iron Age? A Rejoinder
AbstractThe archaeology of the United Monarchy has recently become a focus of a fierce dispute. The debate has far-reaching consequences for archaeological, historical and biblical studies. In a