Table of Contents

Palestine in the late Bronze Age (fourteenth-thirteenth centuries).
The transition (twelfth century).
The new society (c. 1150-1050).
The formative process (c. 1050-930).
The kingdom of Israel (c. 930-740).
The kingdom of Judah (c. 930-720).
The impact of the Assyrian Empire (c. 740-640).
Pause between two empires (c. 640-610).
The impact of the Babylonian Empire (c. 610-585).
The Axial Age.
The diaspora.
The waste land.
An invented history.
Returnees and "remainees" : the invention of the patriarchs.
Returnees and aliens : the invention of the conquest.
A nation without a king : the invention of the judges.
The royal option : the invention of the united monarchy.
The priestly option : the invention of the Solomonic temple.
Self-identification : the invention of the law.
Local history and universal values