For instance, one of my major research goals is to understand and contrast the relationship between Jehoshaphat king of Judah (873-848 BCE) and Ahab king of Israel (874-853 BCE) – while at the same time comparing the allied front of Ahab/Jehoshaphat to the Solomonic kingdom. Were their respective reigns a return to Solomonic glory? Something more? Something less? Was Jehoshaphat merely a vassal to the almighty Ahab? This chart does not answer these questions – but it allows the researcher and student alike to take into account the biblical, epigraphic, and archaeological data in the form of a “peak” or “valley.”
This chart represents my own understanding of the biblical and archaeological history of ancient Israel (i.e. very conservative). It would be exceptionally helpful if the other side would create their own “peaks and valleys” chart – then we could compare geography. Admittedly, their chart would not be quite as interesting (think Texas compared to California) – since it would be one long arduous climb out of the “valley” with only a couple “peaks” at the end.