Ahab Agonistes: The Rise and Fall of the Omri Dynasty by Lester L. Grabbe

By Lester L. Grabbe

The ecu Seminar in ancient method is dedicated to debating concerns surrounding the heritage of old Israel and Judah with the purpose of constructing methodological rules for writing a heritage of the interval. during this specific consultation the subject selected used to be the Omride dynasty - its upward push and fall - and the next Jehu dynasty, all the way down to the autumn of Samaria to the Assyrians. contributors talk about such subject matters because the courting of prophetic texts, the home of Ahab in Chronicles, the Tel Dan inscription, the Mesha inscription, the Jezebel culture, the archaeology of Iron IIB, the connection among the biblical textual content and modern assets, and the character of the Omride country. the quantity by the way supplies a fairly accomplished therapy of the most assets, concerns, debates, and secondary literature in this interval of Israel's background. An introductory bankruptcy summarizes the person papers and likewise the proper component of Mario Liverani's contemporary historical past of the interval. A concluding 'Reflections at the Debate' summarizes the problems raised within the papers and gives a viewpoint at the dialogue.

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16 (= Grayson 1996/2002: 78)). 30 Ahab Agonistes We learn from the annals of the 18th year of Shalmaneser III that Hazael had replaced Hadad-ezer on the throne of Damascus. The succession, that must have taken place somewhere between 845 and 841, is, in fact, reported on a broken statue of Shalmaneser III discovered at Ashur. Here, we may read that: 'Hadad-ezer (Adad-idri) passed away (and) Haza'el, son of nobody, took the throne. He mustered his numerous troops (and) moved against me [Shalmaneser] to wage war and battle.

This, however, is something that has to be decided individually for each prophetic book. Again, we cannot start a discussion on dating from the dates provided by the superscriptions. 7. Arguing from Language The foremost proponent among the scholars who have argued that we can classify biblical texts as 'early' or 'late' (Ezra, Nehemiah, and other Persian period writers, as well as early Hellenistic/Roman authors) according to language criteria is Hurvitz. g. Greenfield, Naveh, Rabin, Schuller), Hurvitz has published an impressive series of important works on how to date texts on linguistic grounds.

M. 1997 'History and the Hebrew Bible', in: Can a 'History of Israel' be Written? Ed. by L. L. Grabbe (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Supplement Series 348. European Seminar in Historical Methodology 1). Sheffield (1997): 37-64. 38 Ahab Agonistes Barstad, H. M. 'Prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah and the Historical Prophet', in: Sense 2002 and Sensitivity. Essays on Reading the Bible in Memory of Robert Carroll. Ed. by A. G. Hunter and P. R. Davies (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.

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