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“There Was No King in Israel”

Jo Ann Hackett

in The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780195139372
Published online April 2009 |
“There Was No King in Israel”

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The era of the judges, which archaeologists call Iron Age I, is the period in Israel's history that extends for most of the 12th and 11th centuries BCE. As the era begins, the group called Israel emerges in the central highlands west of the Jordan River. Over the course of the period, that early group expands to encompass the boundaries of later Israel and Judah, the familiar territories of the twelve tribes — an expansion that brings tension as early Israel conquers territory from the Canaanites in the valleys. These are the centuries before the establishment of a monarchy, a time when “there was no king in Israel” (Judg. 17.6; 18.1; 19.1; 21.25). This chapter explores this formative period in Israel's history.

Keywords: Israel; Samuel; Ruth; biblical narratives; era of judges; Early Iron Age

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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