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Bibil Identifier bibil:202764
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Saul, Benjamin and the Emergence of ›Biblical Israel‹ (continued, Part 2)
Author Naʾaman, Nadav
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 121, Issue: 3)
Undefined link Saul, Benjamin and the Emergence of ›Biblical Israel‹ (Part 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 335-349 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article addresses the question, why the Judahite authors began calling the kingdom and the people amongst whom they composed their works by the name ›Israel‹, rather than ›Judah‹. It discusses major problems, such as (a) the evidence to support the assumption that the district of Benjamin was part of the territory of Israel before the late 8th century; (b) whether Benjamin was considered a north Israelite tribe, thus possibly the channel through which northern traditions passed to the court of Jerusalem; (c) whether the rivalry between Saul and David, described in the Book of Samuel, reflected the tension between Israel and Judah in the monarchical period. After examining in detail these and other fundamental questions, it is suggested that the concept of ›biblical Israel‹ emerged in Judahite historiography of the pre-exilic period. It was chosen because the description of the rise of the monarchy encompassed a territory that was much larger than that of the kingdom of Judah, whereas the name ›Israel‹, which was left unclaimed after Israel's annexation by Assyria, applied well to the depicted territory and its inhabitants.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2009.023
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Israel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Tribes
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monarchy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Divided Monarchy (933-587)
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