Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine: 1200 BCE to 200 CE

Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine: 1200 BCE to 200 CE

by T. M. Lemos
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521113490

ISBN-13: 9780521113496

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine, T. M. Lemos traces changes in the marriage customs of ancient Palestine over the course of several hundred years. The most important of these changes was a shift in emphasis from bridewealth to dowry, the latter of which clearly predominated in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Whereas previous scholarship

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In Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine, T. M. Lemos traces changes in the marriage customs of ancient Palestine over the course of several hundred years. The most important of these changes was a shift in emphasis from bridewealth to dowry, the latter of which clearly predominated in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Whereas previous scholarship has often attributed these shifts to the influence of foreign groups, Lemos connects them instead with a transformation that occurred in Palestine's social structure beginning in the pre-exilic period. In the early Iron Age, Israel was a kinship-based society with a subsistence economy, but as the centuries passed, it became increasingly complex and developed marked divisions between rich and poor. At the same time, the importance of its kinship groups waned greatly. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws heavily on anthropological research, cultural theory; archaeological evidence, and historical-critical methods, Lemos posits that shifts in marriage customs were directly related to these wider social changes.

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ISBN-13:
9780521113496
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Biblical evidence for marriage gifts 20

2 Postexilic evidence for marriage gifts 62

3 Anthropology and the study of marriage gifts 89

4 The social structure of ancient Israel from Iron I to the Babylonian Exile 159

5 The social structure of Palestine in the Second Temple period 200

Final analysis and conclusions 230

App Marriage gifts among Judeans living in Babylonia during the sixth century BCE 237

Glossary 245

Bibliography 247

Index of Biblical and other ancient sources 275

General index 283

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