Unfortunately, sociological studies on the Bible (notably the works by Fenton, Buhl, Lods, Causse, Wallis and Weher) are few, for the most part substantively flawed and methodologically obsolete. Sociopolitical analysis is practically a virgin territory. See for the problem, H. M. Orlinsky, “Whither Biblical Research?” JBL, 110 (1971), pp. 1 ff., and for the method, M. A. Cohen, “The Role of the Shilonite Priesthood in the United Monarchy of Ancient Israel,” HUCA, 36 (1965), pp. 59–98, esp. pp. 59–62; idem, “The Rebellions During the Reign of David—An Inquiry into Social Dynamics in Ancient Israel,” Studies in Jewish Bibliography, History and Literature in honor of I. Edward Kiev (New York, 1971), pp. 91–112; idem, “In All Fairness to Ahab: A Socio-Political Consideration of the Ahab-Elijah Controversy,” Eretz-Israel, Vol. XII (Jerusalem, 1975), pp. 87–94; and J. R. Rosenbloom, “Social Science Concepts of Modernization and Biblical History—The Development of the Israelite Monarchy,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 40 (1972), pp 437–444.