Solomon, Scripture, and Science: The Rise of the Judahite State in the 10th Century BCE

Citation:

Dever, W.G., 2021. Solomon, Scripture, and Science: The Rise of the Judahite State in the 10th Century BCE. Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology , 1 , pp. 102-125. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/ye95vb2k
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Abstract:

This paper compares evidence from stratified sites that are well dated by radiocarbon analyses, ceramic typology, and a critical reading of the pertinent texts of the Hebrew Bible. The results show that by the 10th century BCE in Judah we have a polity that represents a centralized state or kingdom. It was likely ruled by Solomon, even if the “larger-than-life” portrait of the Bible is exaggerated.

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