The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel
Although Israel was dominant for most of the time the kingdoms of Israel and Judah coexisted, it has remained in Judah’s shadow in both the Hebrew Bible and consequently in the attention of modern scholarship. This book presents the first comprehensive history of the northern kingdom and description of the archaeology of northern Israel from the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1350 B.C.E.) until the kingdom’s fall in 720 B.C.E. and beyond. It tells the story of the northern kingdom primarily in its formative phases. The narrative is based in archaeology and makes use of the most updated field research, with the addition of what is known from ancient Near Eastern and biblical texts. Finkelstein’s thirty years of fieldwork in the northern kingdom have paved the way for a new understanding of the history and archaeology of ancient Israel.
If you prefer an electronic copy the good folk at SBL have made it available, for free. And I think that’s awesome. I’ll probably buy a hard copy at SBL simply because I prefer printed matter. Having already read it, though, I can assure you that whether you get the pdf or the hard edition, you will not regret it. What you will regret is not reading it.