The northernmost region of the two kingdoms, comprising the ten northern tribes which broke away from Judah in 930 B.C. and remained independent until the Assyrian conquest of 722 B.C., when the nation was exiled because of its sinfulness.
Origins of the division between Judah and Israel
Israelite settlement in Canaan had developed around two distinct regions in the north and southJos 18:5
The northern Israelite tribes were less ready to transfer allegiance from Saul to David2Sa 2:10See also2Sa 19:41-20:2 Israel seems to have been ready to follow Sheba, because he came from the same tribe as Saul.
Israel’s separation from Judah was the result of disobedience under Solomon1Ki 11:26-33
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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