Ayelet Gilboa

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Mediterranean Connectivity ca. 950–900 bce and Israelite-Tyrian Maritime Entrepreneurship

Volume 11 () / Issue 2, pp. 152-176 (25)
Published 02.09.2022

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In this paper I look at Solomon and Hiram's joint maritime ventures as narrated in the Bible from a long-term archaeological perspective. I show that the second half of the tenth century BCE indeed constitutes a watershed in the recovery of Levantine sea-borne trade after the late Bronze Age collapse, which may be understood as providing support for the Biblical texts. I argue, however, that there is no compelling reason to attribute this phenomenon to royal initiative.

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