What is it about?
The historical King Solomon has been discussed and debated by many scholars over the years. It is interesting to see that the historicity of the city list: Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer, however, had been accepted by old-fashioned scholars and more radical scholars alike, and different historical contexts had been suggested for it, in the 10th, 9th or 8th century BC. In this article we wish to examine the list from a literary point of view, placing it in the broader context of kingship ideology in the ancient Near East and argue that it preserved memories of great cities from the Canaanite era.
The following have contributed to this page: Prof. Dr. Michael Pietsch and Yosef Garfinkel