The Historical Period between the First Assyrian Threat and the Neo-Babylonian Empire (600-550 BC). Epigraphic Light on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

The lecture seeks to shed light on five major periods of ancient near eastern and Israelite history, spanning from the so-called First Assyrian Threat (850-750 BC), to the resurgence of Israel (850-750 BC), through the time of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (745-630 BC) and the transition period for the various empires (650-600 BC) until the end of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (600-550 BC). The second half of the lecture enumerates and presents the inscriptional evidence in connection with the texts and larger framework of the world of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.