Social World of Ancient Israel, 1250-587 BCE

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Hendrickson Publishers, 1993 - Social Science - 327 pages
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"Getting a fix on the social context of the Hebrew Bible is imperative for anyone reconstructing either the "story" of the text or the "history" behind the text. Resources in this area often prove overspecialized and arcane, and can require highly sophisticated skills in cultural anthropology or Semitic languages just to read the table of contents. Social World of Ancient Israel, 1250-587 BCE, offers those interested in learning about the biblical world a more user-friendly framework for viewing the broader picture; at the same time it relies upon the latest methodologies of cultural anthropology and biblical analysis in its presentation. Painting a picture in broad but precise strokes, the authors portray the landscape of ancient Israel in new and exciting colors that expert and student alike will appreciate."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Fascinating book on how we can understand social life in ancient Israel from biblical accounts complemented with contemporary anthropological knowledge. This method might not give any verifiable and ... Read full review

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An outstanding aid in understanding the reality of life in ancient Israel. Goes a long way towards filling in the details extant in the early culture and, probably most importantly, illuminates the ... Read full review


Ancient Israel as Villages
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About the author (1993)

Victor H. Matthews is professor of religion at Southwest Missouri State University.

Don C. Benjamin teaches biblical and ancient Near Eastern Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of The Old Testament Story: An Introduction with CD-ROM (2003, 978-0-8006-3621-0). He lives in Tempe, Arizona.

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