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Finkelstein:

The rise of an Israelites entity farther north;

The Northern Kingdom in the time of the Omrides (early 9th century BC);

Extra-biblical Textual Evidence:

Shalmaneser III (859-824 BC), king of Assyria, mentions “Ahab the Israelite” as one of his opponents in the battle of Qarqar in western Syria in 853 BC;

The Mesha Inscription (ca. 850 BC) mentions how the Omrides had conquered territories in Moab (mid-9th century);

Tel Dan Inscription (9th or 8th century; excavator date it to the mid-9th century) states that Israel took land from Aram (mid-9th century);

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