Na’aman-lost northern stories


I read an intriguing short article by Nadav Na’aman called “Discovering the Lost North Israelite Conquest Story”. (See here).  It was part of a festschrift (honorary collection of articles) Rethinking Israel dedicated to Israel Finkelstein.

Na’amen has worked with Finkelstein on a number of projects. But he often disagrees with particular theories. This article is appropriate for the Finkelstein collection because it builds on the idea that the Hebrew Bible as we have it distorts history by seeing everything from the point of view of Judah and thus nearly eliminating the actual history of the northern tribes. This is the theme of Finkelstein’s little book, The Forgotten Kingdom: the Archaeology and History of Northern Israel.

I am among those who think Finkelstein was too inventive. He dismisses the existence of a united kingdom under David and Solomon and makes hard-to-defend changes in the standard chronology.

However, he was…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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