It's rather hard to compare a semi-mythical being with a known being. The Biblical Kingdom of David is nearly twice the size of the archaeological kingdom of Omri. The Bible is unreliable in many things. The story of David and Solomon is clearly exaggerated if you know how to read it against the time in which it was written. Were David and Solomon given credit for the Omri's reign.
The Mesha stone and Tell Dan inscription give evidence of his existence but the numbers on the inscription are doubtful. Every victor over estimated the enemy to make his victory more of an accomplishment.
-There is historical and archaeological evidence supporting the existence of the Israelites as early as 1200 BC. That is some three centuries before David-
I think we are talking about different interpretations. If you are referring to the Merneptah Stela that is referring to people living in Palestine. I was referring to the people supposed to have exited Egypt (mythical). 'Israel' is down to the interpretation of the Egyptian language
If you follow the Bible, his was not a small kingdom.
'If you follow archaeology, the northern Israelite kingdom was not a small kingdom, and existed alongside David rather than being a later division of his kingdom.'
The Bible exaggerates again. Too many reasons to go into.
-If you follow the Bible, his was not a small kingdom.
If you follow archaeology, the northern Israelite kingdom was not a small kingdom, and existed alongside David rather than being a later division of his kingdom.-
That really depends on what is large. It was certainly larger than the southern kingdom, but then what was a 'kingdom'. Most 'Kingdoms' and even empires of the time were often made up of independent cities with their own 'kings'. Cities in areas were often related with citizens of the same nationality and joined together in times of danger.
-The converse of Land For Peace means that Israel doen't give up land if they don't get peace.-
So you invade your neighbours property/land and won't withdraw without some agreement.
Sorry. Not sure how to enclose quotes on here.