This pioneering study wrestles with the perpetual problem of chronology in the Books of Kings. Starting from the conservative assumptions that the courts of Israel and Judah maintained regnal records, and that these for the most part accurately reflect regnal length, the author arrives at a new and persuasive dating for the reigns and their synchronisms.
In addition, his chronological scheme includes all points of contact between Israel and Judah and external powers, especially Assyria. The result is one of the most responsible and yet most critical chronologies proposed to date, and will be the standard chronological reference for the next decade, if not longer.
Gershon Galil, Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer in Biblical History in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa.
...he makes a substantial and sensible attempt to propose an absolute chronology of the Divided Monarchy from the division of the kingdom on the death of Solomon, which he places in 931/930 BC.' T.C. Mitchell,
Journal of Theological Studies, 1998.
This even-handed treatment of previous theories and straightforward presentation of the problems will prove useful for those working on ancient Israelite chronology. For research libraries. William M. Schniedewind,
Religious Studies Review, 1998.
All those interested in Biblical Studies, the history and historiography of Israel to 586 B.C., the history and historiography of the Ancient Near East, the history of the land of Israel.