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The narratives of 1-2 Kings ostensibly begin with the transfer of throne and power in Israel from the dying David to his young son Solomon, likeliest at ca. 970 BCE in modern reckoning, and they end with the fall of Judean Jerusalem in ca. 586 BCE, with a supplementary note on Jehoiachin's release from prison following the accession of Awil- Marduk in Babylon, in 562 BCE. The key fact is that almost all political power in Egypt was based in Memphis and the north during this epoch, with Thebes and the south being increasingly a provincial backwater. In the north, the main constructional material for temples and many stelae was limestone - not sandstone, because limestone was closer at hand in the Memphis area. The south, in effect, largely means Thebes, the main power-centre in the long narrow valley of Upper Egypt.

Keywords: 1-2 Kings; Egypt; Memphis; Solomon; Thebes



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