The Age of Solomon: Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium

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The figure of King Solomon is central to our understanding of the history of Israel and Judah. This volume of collected articles brings the reader up-to-date with the latest scholarship in the field.
The work consists of twenty-four chapters and provides important studies in the historical approach to Solomon and to 10th century B.C.E. Judah and Israel with archaeological surveys of the neighboring regions, sociological surveys, and literary readings of the biblical texts. With suggestions for further research and indexes.

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Lowell K. Handy, Ph.D. (1987 in Bible, University of Chicago Divinity School, is Senior Lecturer in Bible, Theology Department, Loyola University of Chicago, and Indexer/Analyst, American Theological Library Association, Evanston, Illinois. He has published on biblical historiography and ancient Israelite religion, including Among the Host of Heaven (Eisenbrauns, 1994).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Contributors
Foreword
Separating the Solomon of History from the Solomon of Legend 1
Response: Assessing Solomon: History or Legend 25
King Solomon in His Ancient Context 30
Response to Millard 54
Sources and Composition in the History of Solomon 57
Le roi est mort, vive le roi! A Biblical Argument for the Historicity of Solomon 81
On the Dating and Dates of Solomon's Reign 96
Egypt and East Africa 106
Sheba and Arabia 126
Phoenicians in the Tenth Century BCE: A Sketch of an Outline 154
Inland Syria and the East-of-Jordan Region in the First Millennium BCE before the Assyrian Intrusions 167
"How the Mighty Are Fallen": The Philistines in Their Tenth Century Context 179
Assyria and Babylonia in the Tenth Century BCE 202
Archaeology and the "Age of Solomon": A Case Study in Archaeology and Historiography 217
The Socio-Political Shadow Cast by the Biblical Solomon 252
The Weight of the Bronze Could Not Be Calculated: Solomon and Economic Reconstruction 300
On Doing Sociology with "Solomon" 312
Glory Lost: The Reign of Solomon in the Deuteronomistic History 336
Josephus' View of Solomon 348
Solomon and the Wizard of Oz: Power and Invisibility in a Verbal Palace 375
Solomon's Fall and Deuteronomy 392
The Idealization of Solomon as the Glorification of God in the Chronicler's Royal Speeches and Royal Prayers 411
A Wealth of Women: Looking Behind, Within, and Beyond Solomon's Story 428
The Hellenization of Solomon in Rabbinic Texts 457
The Value of Solomon's Age for the Biblical Reader 470
Postlude and Prospects 493
Index of Subjects 503
Index of Authors 521
Index of Scripture Citations 530
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