This article examines the identity of the נַעֲרֵי֙ שָׂרֵ֣י הַמְּדִינֹ֔ות who dramatically break the siege of Samaria in 1 Kgs 20. Beginning with a grammatical and semantic analysis of the extended construct chain, this essay also considers ancient translations and evidence from Neo–Assyrian administrative texts. I consider how the Neo–Assyrian administrative apparatus, which included The King’s Magnates, may offer a conceptual model for understanding the identity and function of theנַעֲרֵי֙ שָׂרֵ֣י הַמְּדִינֹ֔ות. I propose that this group is best understood as “junior governors of the provinces,” and their presence in the narrative appears linked to a larger historiographic agenda.
Schreiner, David B.
"Breaking the Siege: Examining the נַעֲרֵי֙ שָׂרֵ֣י הַמְּדִינֹ֔ות in 1 Kgs 20,"
The Asbury Theological Journal:
2, p. 377-399.
Available at: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol77/iss2/12