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Jewry: Fake and truth in the Old Testament (OT) according to documents and excavations

New identity by new Jewish history by help of chronology and archaeological research

28. Split of ex northern Reich of Israel under the Assyrian government

by Michael Palomino (2006 / 2010)



from: Israel Finkelstein / Neil A. Silberman: The Bible unearthed. Archeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts; The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2001; German edition has got the title "No trombones before Jericho" (orig. German: "Keine Posaunen vor Jericho"): edition C.H.Beck oHG, Munich 2002;

Here in this analysis is used the German version "Keine Posaunen vor Jericho" of DTV, Munich 2004, second edition of 2005. All page indications refer to the German version. I hope the page numbers are not very different.

Assyria splitting the Omrid Reich

The Omrid Reich is split as follows:

-- Dor (with the northern coast)
-- Megiddo 8with Jezreel plain and Galilee)
-- Gilead (with the highlands of the East Bank) (p.236)
-- Samaria province is converted into Samerina province (p.242).

The Assyrians limit the kingdom of Israel and give hilly countryside which was the traditional "bread basket of Judah to the Philistine towns (p.109).

The Assyrian occupation of a big part of the so called "holy land" is during almost 100 years. The kingdom of Judah becomes Assyrian Vassal (p.110). Assyria itself - according to Finkelstein / Silberman - is living an "Assyrian century" (p.304).

Hazor becomes an important regional center in the Assyrian Reich with a palace and a fortification (p.109). The regional center of Bethel of the ex northern Reich of Israel keeps it's activity (p.185).

Map: The little states of Judah, Edom,
                          Moab and Ammon are confronted with the big
                          Empire of Assyria.
Map: The little states of Judah, Edom, Moab and Ammon are confronted with the big Empire of Assyria.

The prophecy that these little states will be "lost" against the big Empire of Assyria, does not seem inappropriate...

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Photo sources

-- mapf with southern Reich of Judah, Moab, Edom, and the northern Reich of Israel has disappeared: http://www.joerg-sieger.de/einleit/spez/04proph/spez49.htm