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Early Highland States and Evidence for Literary Textuality in Them

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918737 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742608.003.0013
Early Highland States and Evidence for Literary Textuality in Them

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After an initial survey of the collapse of past consensus about the existence of Judean and Israelite monarchies in the 10th-9th centuries and of texts from them in the Hebrew Bible, this chapter argues that there was significant political centralization in Judah and Israel in the 10th to 9th centuries, though not on the scale projected back into the period of David and Solomon by the narratives of Samuel-Kings. At the same time, converging epigraphic evidence suggests the adoption and gradual adaptation of the Phoenician alphabet (and perhaps aspects of its literary system as well) in the South and North.

Keywords: monarchy; David; Solomon; Phoenician; alphabet; 10th century; 9th century

Chapter.  17925 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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