Beginning next week I am going to turn my attention to the New Testament for a while. But before I do, I want to make a final note regarding what I have read and thought about over the last few months. In my head, I have been in the late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.
Although I was not on board with the approach taken by Jacob L. Wright in David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory, who allows for too much invention by post-exilic scribes, I found his skepticism about the era of David and Solomon fruitful. It caused me to consider that when the Bible portrays Jerusalem as the political capital of a united kingdom it reads a later situation into the times of David and Solomon.
I am tending toward the idea that Hebron, rather than Jerusalem, remained the political capital through the…
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