Mediterranean Connectivity ca. 950-900 bce and Israelite-Tyrian Maritime Entrepreneurship

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Abstract

In this paper I look at Solomon and Hiram's joint maritime ventures as narrated in the Bible from a long-term archaeological perspective. I show that the second half of the tenth century bce indeed constitutes a watershed in the recovery of Levantine sea-borne trade after the late Bronze Age collapse, which may be understood as providing support for the Biblical texts. I argue, however, that there is no compelling reason to attribute this phenomenon to royal initiative.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)152-176
Number of pages25
JournalHEBREW BIBLE AND ANCIENT ISRAEL
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Ancient Israel
  • United Monarchy
  • Tyre
  • Maritime Ventures
  • Mediterranean Trade
  • Silver
  • IRON-AGE CHRONOLOGY
  • ABSOLUTE CHRONOLOGY
  • LATE BRONZE
  • TRADE
  • MEGIDDO
  • POTTERY

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