Original Research - Special Collection: Eben Scheffler Festschrift

Building a nation: The Jeroboams and the creation of two Israels

Philip Davies
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5018 | © 2019 Philip Davies | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 April 2018 | Published: 29 July 2019

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Philip Davies, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, England, United Kingdom; and, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


This article represents a short reflective essay in honour of the Old Testament scholar Eben Scheffler. It focuses on the writing of the history of ancient Israel texts; examines different approaches to address the history of texts: minimalist and maximalist; and illustrates a minimalist approach in reference to the figure of the Israelite king Jeroboam II.


Jeroboam and Jeroboam; Israel; Nationhood; Old Testament scholarship; Northern Kingdom


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