Saul, Benjamin, and the Emergence of Monarchy in Israel: Biblical and Archaeological Perspectives

Joachim J. Krause, Omer Sergi, and Kristin Weingart, editors


Series: Ancient Israel and Its LiteratureVolume: 40
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 09


A reconstruction of the emergence of the Israelite monarchy involves interpreting historical research, approaching questions of ancient state formation, synthesizing archaeological research from sites in the central Canaanite hill country, and reexamining the biblical traditions of the early monarchy embedded in the books of Samuel and Kings. This collection of essays blends textual exegesis with archaeological perspectives on Saul and Benjamin in order to reconstruct the rise of the early monarchy in Israel and the way it was commemorated in the biblical narrative.

Joachim J. Krause is Senior Lecturer for Hebrew Bible at the University of Tübingen. His publications include Die Bedingungen des Bundes: Studien zur konditionalen Struktur alttestamentlicher Bundeskonzeptionen (2020) and Exodus und Eisodus: Komposition und Theologie von Josua 1–5 (2014).

Omer Sergi is a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. He is the codirector of The Archaeological Expression of Palace-Clan Relations in Ancient Israel Project based on the archaeological excavations he directed in Ḥorvat Tevet, the Jezreel Valley.

Kristin Weingart is Professor for Hebrew Bible at the University of Munich. Her publications include Gezählte Geschichte: Systematik, Quellen und Entwicklung der synchronistischen Chronologie in den Königebüchern (2020).