The ‘United Monarchy’: Israel Finkelstein’s Most Recent Thoughts

17 Oct

Israel Finkelstein has published a new essay titled

“A Great United Monarchy? Archaeological and Historical Perspectives”, in: R.G. Kratz and H. Spieckermann, eds., One God – One Cult – One Nation: Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives, Berlin 2010, pp. 3-28.

It begins

Twelve years have passed since I first presented – to the German Institute in Jerusalem – my ideas on the chronology of the Iron Age strata in the Levant and how it impacts on our understanding of the biblical narrative on the United Monarchy of ancient Israel. I was naïve enough then to believe that the logic of my ‘correction’ was straightforward and clear. Twelve years and many articles and public debates later, however, the notion of Davidic conquests, Solomonic building projects, and a glamorous United Monarchy – all based on an uncritical reading of the biblical text and in contradiction of archaeological finds – is still alive in certain quarters. This paper presents my updated views on this matter, and tackles several recent claims that archaeology has now proven the historicity of the biblical account of the great kingdom of David and Solomon.

Get the book and give the essay a read.


Posted by on 17 Oct 2010 in Archaeology, Bible



5 responses to “The ‘United Monarchy’: Israel Finkelstein’s Most Recent Thoughts

  1. evedyahu

    17 Oct 2010 at 10:28 pm

    It does not seem to me that he has changed his views very much in the last 10 years… Has he?


    • Jim

      18 Oct 2010 at 7:21 am

      so youve read the essay then?


  2. Eric Chamblee

    18 Oct 2010 at 9:02 am

    The picture just screams: Can’t Smile, Face Will Crack!


  3. evedyahu

    18 Oct 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I haven’t read it yet. But the section that you posted (especially the last part) hints to a Finkelstein similar to the one I found at Megiddo in 1998!?


  4. Esteban Vázquez

    18 Oct 2010 at 9:58 pm

    OMG, Israel Finkelstein is the alter ego of The Most Interesting Man in the World!