Reconstructing the Society of Ancient Israel

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 300 pages
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Focusing on Israelite history from the tribal period through the time of Persian domination, Paula McNutt employs a social-scientific perspective to examine recent reconstructions of the social and cultural contexts that nurtured the literature of the Hebrew Bible. She also offers a helpful overview of the components and dynamics of ancient Israelite society.

Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.

  

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Contents

The Origins of Ancient Israel
33
The Tribal Period
64
The Rise of Monarchy
104
The Period of the Monarchy
143
The Babylonian and Persian Periods
182
Judah as a Persian Province
190
Social Organization within the Province
197
Social and Political Institutions
206
In Retrospect
213
Selected Bibliography
255
Index of Subjects
271
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About the author (1999)

Paula M. McNuttis Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

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