Kings David and Solomon: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
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Arts and Humanities
History
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Kings David and Solomon: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
Kings David and Solomon: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence
Gerard Gertoux
Field of study
Arts and Humanities
History
General
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The David and Solomon's kingdoms are no longer considered as historical by minimalist archaeologists. According to Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman, for example, authors of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, at the time of the kingdoms of David and Solomon, Jerusalem was populated by only a few hundred residents or less, which is insufficient for an empire stretching from the Euphrates to Eilath. They suggest that due to religious prejudice, the authors of the Bible suppressed the achievements of the Omrides. Some Biblical minimalists like Thomas L. Thompson go further, arguing that Jerusalem became a city and capable of being a state capital only in the mid-seventh century. Likewise, Finkelstein and others consider the claimed size of Solomon's temple implausible. A review of methods and arguments used by these minimalists shows that they are impostors for writing history. The historical testimonies dated by a chronology anchored on absolute dates (backbone of history) are replaced by archaeological remains dated by carbon-14 (backbone of modern myths). The goal of these unfounded claims is clearly the charring of biblical accounts.

ISBN 978-1-329-69810-9
Imprint Lulu
DOI 10.20850/9781329698109
Copyright 2016, Gertoux
Copyright License Standard Copyright License
Product Details 8.27 x 11.69 Standard Color Glossy Perfect Bound
Page Count 154 pages
Type of Publication Monograph (standalone)
Keywords King David, King Solomon, Bible studies
Audience University/Post-secondary education
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