Economy- It was an agriculturally based economy, most were farmers, herders, fishers. Live-stock, fruits vegetables, wheat and other goods dominated the trade. Things such as ceramics and jewelry were produced by local merchants. Israel was in a good spot for trade because it was along the Silk Road. (A good trading route) The coins were called shekels.
Politics- Ishbaal- 1000-993 BC
Jerobam- 931-910 BC
Status of Women- Women cannot be priests, their parents arranged their marriage, Women could keep their own property. Women had some rights, however if the man was unable to pay his debts, the wife would have to be sold into slavery with him. She was expected to have a son so the man’s name and lineage could be passed down. That was the most common reason for divorce; if his wife could not have a son.
Accomplishments- The concept of God, that he is a Supreme Being. The bible and the 10 Commandments, which is the foundation of Western Civilization.
Religion- The Israelites believed that God was the one and only God and he was the Supreme Being.
Geography- Along the Silk Road, extended from China all the way over Asia to Egypt.