David the Moabite: Archaeology and History beneath the traditions in the biblical text

This paper will examine the biblical tradition of David’s lineage to Moab. An overview of the biblical traditions of Ruth and Boaz as well as the biblical traditions of the Ephrathites and Ephraimites will be presented. Recent trends in archaeology that have focused on state development in Transjordan and Judah as well as material culture are highlighting the cultural connections visible in the distribution of artifacts. While these patterns can be associated with trade, this paper will propose that they reflect a closer social linkage. The biblical accounts of the tensions between these two emerging states distort the fact of closer kinship ties.

6 thoughts on “David the Moabite: Archaeology and History beneath the traditions in the biblical text”

  1. Ortiz
    Paper sounds interesting and Ortiz would have the data to provide a robust treatment. My only concern is that it seems like it belongs in an archaeology section rather than a comparative section.

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  2. Ortiz
    I recognize John’s concern that Steve’s paper is coming at the topic from an archaeological perspective, it does not sound like an archaeological paper per se. It sounds like Steve will attempt to open up the background of David’s family history vis-a-vis what archaeology can tell us about history. That sounds like genuine backgrounds to me.

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