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State Formation in Israel and Judah: A Contrast in Context, a Contrast in Trajectory

Israel Finkelstein
Near Eastern Archaeology
Vol. 62, No. 1 (Mar., 1999), pp. 35-52
DOI: 10.2307/3210721
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3210721
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Always probing, always challenging, Professor Finkelstein offers here his latest re-evaluation of the pace and process of state development in the Iron Age Levant. Setting the argument within the "Low Chronology" he advocates for the early first millennium BCE, strong contrasts between the evolution of complex polities in Israel, Judah and the Transjordanian states are linked to environmental, topographic, demographic, and cultural variables. Certain to invite critical response, this recasting of the process bases itself on archaeological data and warily engages the biblical record.

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