By Lester L. Grabbe
The eu Seminar in ancient technique is dedicated to debating concerns surrounding the background of historical Israel and Judah with the purpose of constructing methodological ideas for writing a historical past of the interval. during this specific consultation the subject selected used to be the Omride dynasty - its upward thrust and fall - and the following Jehu dynasty, all the way down to the autumn of Samaria to the Assyrians. contributors speak about such subject matters because the courting of prophetic texts, the home of Ahab in Chronicles, the Tel Dan inscription, the Mesha inscription, the Jezebel culture, the archaeology of Iron IIB, the connection among the biblical textual content and modern assets, and the character of the Omride kingdom. the quantity by the way supplies a fairly entire therapy of the most assets, concerns, debates, and secondary literature in this interval of Israel's historical past. An introductory bankruptcy summarizes the person papers and likewise the appropriate portion of Mario Liverani's contemporary background of the interval. A concluding 'Reflections at the Debate' summarizes the problems raised within the papers and offers a point of view at the dialogue.
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The role of Hamath is easier to comprehend. In the periods of the NeoAssyrian empire, city states rebelled again and again, were subdued, and eventually, not a few of them became provinces. The same goes for Hamath, whose last rebellion against Assyria was under Sargon in 720 BCE (Dion 1997: 169). For this reason, one cannot, as some scholars do, point to the annexation of the '19 districts of Hamath' by Tiglath-pileser III in 738 BCE (Tadmor 1994: 63) as absolutely relevant to Amos. 2, where Hamath is referred to as a 'good bad example', do we get the impression that Hamath in our text has suffered.
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Moreover, commentaries, we should remember, useful as they may sometimes be, represent a very particular genre of their own, and tend to be even more 'tarnished' by scholarly tradition than other kinds of scholarly literature. This point is particularly relevant in the case of Amos 1-2 where we have long strife about the authenticity of many of the oracles against the foreign nations. What is more in need in the present context is really a fresh approach. 22 Ahab Agonistes 3. Texts of the Hebrew Bible Outside of Amos In this attempt to find out the historical setting of Amos 1-2, I shall, as far as possible, also avoid using other texts from the Hebrew Bible beyond Amos.
Ahab Agonistes: The Rise and Fall of the Omri Dynasty (Library of Hebrew Bible - Old Testament Studies) by Lester L. Grabbe