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Finkelstein - The Forgotten Kingdom




















The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is offering a free book published in its Ancient Near East Monograph Series. Below is a description of the Ancient Near East Monograph Series published by the SBL:

The focus of this ambitious series is on the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel and its literature, from the early Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras. Studies that are heavily philological or archaeological are both suited to this series, and can take full advantage of the hypertext capabilities of “born digital” publication. Multiple author and edited volumes as well as monographs are accepted. Proposals and manuscripts may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two scholars in the area before acceptance. Published volumes will be held to the high scholarly standards of the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente. The partnership between the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente was initiated under the auspices of SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and represents the type of international scholarly exchange that is the goal of ICI.

The free book was written by renowned Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein.

Israel Finkelstein, The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel. Atlanta: The Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

To download a PDF copy of The Forgotten Kingdom, click here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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8 Responses to Free Book

  1. Topazshell says:

    Sorry, I have a hard time reading copies of PDF. So far, I can only read ebooks on ereaders. Haven’t completely detached myself from the “real” book world yet. Thanks for sharing a wonderful offer.


  2. EstateCo says:

    Hi Prof. Mariottini,
    would greatly appreciate you advices on Finkelstein’s minimalist chronology. It seems to me that as a theoretical archaeologist he uses circular arguments to create his theories – very similar to the methodology used by Prof. Jacob Neusner’s to create “theories” on the Mishnah.
    Personally, as a life-long student of Holy Land studies I much prefer David Rohl’s approach in ‘A Test of Time’ & ‘The Lost Testament’ his research is very thorough & he leaves himself opent to criticism. Not so with Finkelstein.
    שבת שלום from the Holy Land
    Harry “Hershy” Orenstein


    • Harry,

      I completely reject Finkelstein’s minimalist views. By putting his emphasis on the reign of Ahab as the basis for understanding Israelite history, he destroys most of the basic history of the monarchy. When I wrote the post about the free book, I should have written a warning, telling readers that Finkelstein presents a minimalist view of the history of Israel.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Claude Mariottini


  3. mgutfeldt says:

    Thanks for the free book! Blessings!

    Michael Gutfeldt

    On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:00 AM, Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old


  4. Topazshell says:

    Are you offering a “real” book?


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