Biblical Archaeology Review 24:5, September/October 1998

Sacred Spaces

Of standing stones, high places and cult objects at Tel Dan

By Avraham Biran

Upon King Solomon’s death, his kingdom split in two—the kingdom of Judah in the south and that of Israel in the north. A scion of David continued to sit on the Judahite throne in Jerusalem for more than 300 years—until the Babylonian conquest in 586 B.C.E. The north, however, witnessed a succession of rulers from a variety of dynasties. The first king in the north was Jeroboam, who had earlier been a subversive in Solomon’s court (1 Kings 11:26–39). When Solomon tried to kill him, the rebellious Jeroboam fled to Egypt (1 Kings 11:40). After Solomon’s death, Jeroboam returned and was proclaimed king of secessionist Israel.

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