Article originally published in Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 2020. Vol. 152, No. 3, pp. 186-206.
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.
By Kyle Keimer
Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology, History, and Language of Ancient Israel
Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University, Australia