In this significant contribution to biblical research, Nili Sacher Fox analyzes the titles and roles of civil officials and functionaries -- including key ministers of the central government, regional administrators, and palace attendants -- in Israel and Judah during the monarchic period. For examines nineteen titles that fall into three categories: status-related titles, function-related titles, and miscellaneous designations that could be held by a variety of functionaries. To supplement the biblical evidence in this subject and for comparative purposes, For extensively utilizes data gathered from non-Israelite records. She also draws upon an expanded corpus of recently discovered Hebrew epigraphic material. A secondary focus of Fox's inquiry is a widely debated issue -- assessment of the impact of foreign influence on the Israeli state-organizations.
In the Service of the King will interest students and scholars of Jewishantiquity.