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Tables viii Figures x Preface xiii Abbreviations xvi 1. First Things First - What's in Question? 1 2. "In Medias Res" - the Era of the Hebrew Kingdoms 7 3. Home and Away - Exile and Return 65 4. The Empire Strikes Back - Saul, David, and Solomon 8 5. Humble Beginnings - around and in Canaan 159 6. Lotus Eating and Moving On - Exodus and Covenant 241 7. Founding Fathers or Fleeting Phantoms - the Patriarchs 313 8. A Vitamin Supplement - Prophets and Prophecy 373 9. Back to Methuselah - and Well Beyond 421 10. Last Things Last - a Few Conclusions 449 Notes 501 Index of Subjects 643 Index of Scripture References 649Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Bible, O, T, Evidences, authority, etc, Bible, O, T, History of Biblical events