The Forgotten Kingdom, in Paperback

062805PYou’ll want to go by the Scholar’s Press booth at SBL and pick up a copy of Israel’s new book-

The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel
Israel Finkelstein

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.

Paper $24.95, ISBN 9781589837799
Hardcover $39.95, ISBN 9781589839120
E-book (pdf) ISBN 9781589839113
210 pages, Ancient Near East Monographs 5 

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.

4 thoughts on “The Forgotten Kingdom, in Paperback

  1. Jona Lendering 18 Oct 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks SBL.


  2. francesco 19 Oct 2013 at 12:36 am

    Dear Jim,
    I have just finished to translate the French edition into Italian and I can subscribe to your point of view. It is really worth reading. The publication is foreseen in the first months of 2014. Thanks Francesco Bianchi


  3. Bob Buller 19 Oct 2013 at 10:23 am


    Scholars Press ceased to exist over a decade ago. SBL is the publisher, and attendees of the Annual Meeting will find it at the SBL book booth. Thanks for noting the publication!



    • Jim 19 Oct 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Bob. Sorry, old naming habits die hard. ;). See ya in a few weeks I hope.


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