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The Deuteronomistic History and Israel's Kings

Alison L. Joseph

The book of Kings narrates the history of the Israelite monarchy from the death of David and the accession of Solomon in its first two chapters until the end of Judahite sovereignty with the destruction of Jerusalem and the beginning of the Babylonian exile in 586 BCE in the last two chapters—an approximately 450 year period. The chronology of the kings is roughly corroborated by extra biblical sources (Miller and Hayes 2006, 241, 246). See complete essay

How Many Books are in the Bible? Qualitative Numbers, or Math for Biblical Scholars

By Eva Mroczek

Many scholars of early Judaism agree that we cannot speak of a “Bible” as such before at least the first century CE. Jewish communities collected and revered many different authoritative texts, including most of the books that are now in the Bible, and several others, such as Enoch and Jubilees. But these writings were not yet collected into, or imagined as, one definitive corpus with set contents and boundaries. See complete essay

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