The Omride Dynasty and the Reshaping of the Judahite Historical Memory

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Although, historically, the Davidic kings had much to gain from their alliance with the Omrides, nothing of that was remembered in Judah; the abiding image of the Omrides in the Book of Kings is negative. I analyze, therefore, three different stories (2 Kgs 14,8-14; 1 Kgs 22,1-38; 2 Kgs 3,4-27) that mention the alliance between the two royal houses in order to discuss the origins of this bad image of the Omrides. I demonstrate that these stories, taken from pre-Deuteronomistic sources, reflect how the political marriage between the Davidic and the Omride kings was remembered in Judah prior to the composition of the Book of Kings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-526
Number of pages24
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Ahab , King of Israel
  • Bible . Kings I 12-22
  • Bible . Kings II 1-8
  • Bible . Kings II 9-17
  • Bible . Old Testament--Historiography
  • Deuteronomistic history (Biblical criticism)
  • Israel (Ancient kingdom)
  • Jehoshaphat , King of Judah
  • Kings and rulers in the Old Testament
  • Omri , King of Israel


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