The historical geography of 1 Kings 9:11–14

Kyle H. Keimer*

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1 Kings 9:11–14 relates Solomon’s sale of the land of Cabul to Hiram, king of Tyre. Commentaries and studies on this pericope have dealt with its linguistic and historical aspects without reaching consensus on where this land was, what the term ‘Cabul’ actually means, or even whether these verses preserve an actual historic event from the 10th century BCE. This article addresses these issues through a more systematic presentation of the archaeological remains and geographic realities in the Galilee, and in so doing, offers a more contextually derived understanding of the events recorded in 1 Kgs 9:11–14 than has heretofore been offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-206
Number of pages21
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • 1 Kings 9
  • archaeology
  • Hiram
  • historical geography
  • Iron Age IIA
  • Israelite United Monarchy
  • Land of Cabul
  • Solomon


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