oa Journal for Semitics - Aram and Israel during the reigns of Omri and Ahab reconsidered

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



The decline of the world powers of the ancient Near East enabled smaller nations to develop to such an extent that towards the beginning of the tenth century they were fulfilling major roles in the Syro-Palestinian region. The ensuing gradual growth of Aram-Damascus under Ben-Hadad I posed a constant threat to the Omrides. After Elah was murdered Israel was torn by internal strife. The Assyrian presence in North Syria, however, inhibited any Syrian expansion towards Israel.

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