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Archaeology And The Question Of Sources In Kings

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In this chapter, the author focuses on several specific case-studies that illustrate what he have called "convergences," that is, instances where the parallel lines of textual and archaeological evidence converge. The chapter discusses the reigns of kings, the international situation, socio-economic conditions, the religious situation. From the early 8th century onward, when the Neo-Assyrian empire first encountered the petty kings of the Levant on its westward campaigns, all of the major kings of Israel are attested in extant cuneiform sources. The social and economic conditions of Iron Age Palestine provide the basic "real-life" context against which the historiography of the biblical narratives can best be judged.

Keywords: cuneiform sources; Iron Age Palestine; Israel; Neo-Assyrian empire



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