THE BIBLE UNEARTHED: THE MAKING OF A RELIGION -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
Vast monuments that were built by this king and his descendants, have been found here.
THE BIBLE CONSIDERS THE OMRI DYNASY dynasty as debauched and renegade kings, the infamous "cursed" kings.
But sources outside the Bible provide another image altogether.
Omri's son Ahab is seen as being a great monarch.
The missing piece of the puzzle appears to have been found.
[Norma Franklin, The Megiddo Expedition] When we come to Samaria, and we see the monumental building, palace,
built by Omri, it's so out of keeping with what we have been told [in the Bible], that the Omri kingdom was the breakaway kingdom, it was a small kingdom -- in fact it's quite different. We can visibly see that we're dealing with a monumental building, a building that needed a strong and powerful king in order to establish it. So it's telling us that we cannot just follow the Biblical account. We have to look around us and see what else we have from the same time period.