siblingsAncient IsraelAram DamascusBronze Age LevantChalcolithic LevantCrusadesDomestication, agriculture and horticulture in the LevantEdomHerod the GreatIron Age LevantLevant terrainNeolithic LevantPhilistinesPhoeniciaPilgrim flasksSyro-Palestinian corridor in the 9th century BC


The Davidic Kingdom divided in 931 BC (1 Kings 12–14,19; 2 Kings 17:21). Samaria was destroyed and repopulated in 721 BC (2 Kings 17; Ezra 4:2) and the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel made their way into Judah, while some stayed behind. When Jews began to return to their homeland during the Persian Period, there was opposition between the Samaritans (People Who Remained) and the returnees (Ezra 4-5). The Myth of the Empty Land refers to the claim that the land was empty, which is likely a manifestation of radical separatism (Ezra 9-10) that just left the people who remained completely unacknowledged (those who remained had developed their own unique culture).