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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Alt, Albrecht. “The Monarchy in the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.” In Essays on Old Testament History and Religion, trans. R. W. Wilson, 241–59. Oxford: Blackwell, 1966. The classic statement on differing ideologies of monarchy in Israel and Judah.

Boling, Robert G., and Edward F. Campbell. “Jeroboam and Rehoboam at Shechem.” In Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Memory of D. Glenn Rose, ed. Leo G. Perdue, Lawrence E. Toombs, and Gary Lance Johnson, 259–72. Atlanta: John Knox, 1986. A study of text variations in 1 Kings 12 in conversation with the archaeology of Shechem in the tenth century.

Bright, John. A History of Israel. 3d ed. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1981. A history that takes the biblical accounts as generally reliable, the prophets as making a historical difference, and archaeology as a signal resource.

Coote, Robert B. Amos among the Prophets. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981. A reconstruction of Amos's message and the way it was augmented to apply to Judah, with special attention to socioeconomic conditions.

———. In Defense of Revolution: The Elohist History. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991. An interpretation of E as the ideological apologia for Jeroboam's monarchic style.

Cross, Frank Moore. Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic: Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1973. Valuable essays on Israel's religious history, notably on the priestly houses and the ideologies of monarchy.

Dearman, J. Andrew. Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1992. Resource for the material and religious culture, including a chapter on Deuteronomy's agenda.

King, Philip J. Amos, Hosea, Micah—An Archaeological Commentary. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1988. Resources from archaeology for interpretation of the eighth-century prophets.

Knoppers, Gary N. Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies. 2 vols. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993–94. Fresh attention to the purposes of the Deuteronomic History in portraying the monarchy.

Miller, J. Maxwell, and John H. Hayes. A History of Ancient Israel and Judah. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1986. Miller's chapters on the Divided Monarchy give lucid treatment of the interpretive problems, extended quotations of nonbiblical texts, and helpful maps.

Pitard, Wayne T. Ancient Damascus: A Historical Study of the Syrian City-State from Earliest Times until Its Fall to the Assyrians in 732 B.C.E. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1987. A detailed presentation of Syria's history; the second half deals with Syria in relation to Israel.

Stager, Lawrence E. “The Archaeology of the Family in Ancient Israel.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 260 (1985): 1–35. A stimulating exploration of archaeological and anthropological clues to Israelite family life.

———, and Samuel R. Wolff. “Production and Commerce in Temple Courtyards: An Olive Press in the Sacred Precinct at Tel Dan.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 243 (1981): 95–102. An analysis of the industry that produced fine-grade oil for cultic use.

Tappy, Ron E. The Archaeology of Israelite Samaria. Vol. 1, Early Iron Age through the Ninth Century BCE . Harvard Semitic Studies, 44. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992. A fresh analysis of the stratigraphy at Samaria, making use of Kathleen Kenyon's unpublished daybooks from the 1932–35 excavations.

Wilson, Robert R. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980. A thorough investigation of the social role of the prophets and their place in Israelite life.

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