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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