Dismissing the myth of a flood of Israelite refugees in the late eighth century BCE

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Abstract

The article re-examines the hypothesis that mass migration of Israelite refugees accounted for the growth of Jerusalem and Judah in the late 8th century and for the Israelization of Judah from the late 8th century onward. Systematic examination of all the textual and archaeological evidence available indicates that the hypothesis lacks concrete foundation. The growth of Judah and Jerusalem was gradual and took many years, and no deus ex machina explanation is necessary to account for it. The adoption of Israelite identity by the Judaean royal house and elite was also gradual, beginning after the Assyrian annexation of the Kingdom of Israel and developing over the course of many years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Volume126
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2014

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