Pharaoh's Daughter in Literary-Historical Context

Nadav Na'Aman*

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The article argues that the five references to Pharaoh's daughter (1Kgs 3,1; 7,8; 9,16, 24; 11,1) are late insertions, added to the text in the Persian period by an editor who sought to aggrandize Solomon and describe him as an empire's ruler. It further conjectures that these references might have been borrowed from an old story recounting that just like Hadad the Edomite, Jeroboam also married a Pharaoh's daughter (as related in the 'alternative story'), and the late editor transferred this story from Jeroboam to Solomon. In this light, the article suggests that when Pharaoh Shoshenq conducted his campaign to Canaan, he installed the two former fugitives over the newly occupied territories, Jeroboam over Israel and Hadad over Edom, and transferred Gezer as a crown land to Jeroboam, his newly established vassal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalBiblische Notizen
Issue number194
StatePublished - 2022


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