This study addresses recent controversies surrounding the history of Israel and Phoenicia in the tenth century B.C.E. by assessing the reliability of the principal literary sources for this period. These sources—namely, certain books of the Hebrew Bible as well as passages from the works of the historian Josephus (first century C.E.)—are evaluated in light of the relevant archaeological, epigraphic, and comparative evidence. Analyses of this material ultimately suggest that the Hebrew Bible and Josephus preserve, for the most part, historiographical traditions and royal ideologies appropriate for a tenth-century Levantine context.
|Commitee:||Blutinger, Jeffrey, Chew, Kathryn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||History, Ancient history|
|Keywords:||Bible, History, Josephus, Levant, Literary, Tenth-century|
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