Saul, Benjamin and the Emergence of «biblical Israel»: An Alternative View

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The article discusses Na'aman's recent proposal in this journal that the land of Benjamin was part of Judah throughout monarchic and earlier times. I agree with Na'aman that in late monarchic times the land of Benjamin indeed belonged to Judah. But I contend that in previous centuries the region was dominated by the north Israelite polity. I suggest that this territory changed hands at least once from north to south in the second half of the 9th century BCE. Against this background the article also discusses Na'aman's hypothesis regarding the emergence of «biblical Israel».

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-367
Number of pages20
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


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