Let Other Kingdoms Struggle with the Great Powers—You, Judah, Pay the Tribute and Hope for the Best

The Foreign Policy of the Kings of Judah in the Ninth-Eighth Centuries bce
  • Nadav Na‘aman
Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)


From the late tenth to the early ninth centuries BCE, judah was mostly a sparsely inhabited highland kingdom, much poorer and weaker than its northern neighbor, the kingdom of Israel. Tenth-century Jerusalem was a highland stronghold at the center of which stood a fortified fortress (on top of the so-called stepped structure), surrounded fay some scattered buildings, the place apparently lacking either urban planning or established institutional organization.


Ninth Century Eighth Century Late Ninth Century Strong Neighbor Northern Neighbor 
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