When did the shephelah become judahite?

Gunnar Lehmann, Hermann Michael Niemann

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The paper maintains that during the Iron I and much of the early Iron IIA the Shephelah was inhabited by independent-or at least autonomous- rural kinship groups that were not dominated by the 'United Monarchy'; that over the course of the early Iron IIA the region became increasingly politically dominated by the city-state of Gath; and that it was only after the destruction of Gath by Hazael in the 9th century BCE that the Shephelah eventually became part of the kingdom of Judah.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Gath
  • Judah
  • Shephelah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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