The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction

The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction

by Rainer Kessler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800662822

ISBN-13: 9780800662820

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

Histories of ancient Israel have usually focused attention on major figures in powerful positions-the kings, prophets, and patriarchs in and around Israel and Judah. But what about the larger social patterns that shaped the everyday life of ordinary people? Here Rainer Kessler first introduces the discipline and methods of social history-discussing the history of

Overview

Histories of ancient Israel have usually focused attention on major figures in powerful positions-the kings, prophets, and patriarchs in and around Israel and Judah. But what about the larger social patterns that shaped the everyday life of ordinary people? Here Rainer Kessler first introduces the discipline and methods of social history-discussing the history of events and the history of the "long haul"; the representation of social history; and the history of research. He then explores the methods of the social history of Israel in particular, and surveys the epochs of Israel's social history, from their emergence in the hills of Canaan to the Jewish populations of Greek city-states in the Hellenistic age. Scholars and students alike will profit from Kessler's clear and authoritative presentation.

About the Author:
Linda M. Maloney is the translator of many works, including Norbert Lohfink's Theology of the Pentateuch (Fortress Press, 1995) and Frank-Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger, Psalms 2 (Hermeneia: Fortress Press, 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800662820
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Publisher's Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
The Social History Method     1
Social History as Discipline and as Method     1
The History of Events and "the Long Term"     2
A Description of Social History     4
History of Scholarship     5
Methods for Studying the Social History of Israel
Environment as Living Space     15
The Geographical Environment     15
The Historical Environment     17
Material Remains     19
Archaeology: Artifacts and Interpretation     20
Epigraphic Material from Israel and Its Environment     22
The Texts of the Hebrew Bible     24
The Historical Reliability of the Biblical Accounts     25
Fiction and Milieu     26
Intentional and Unintentional Tradition     27
Norm and Reality     28
Dating Biblical Texts     30
In Search of Analogies     33
Societies in Israel's Environment     34
Ethnology: From Empirical Studies to Theory     34
Sociological Categories     35
The Epochs of Israel's Social History
Israel's Origins as a Kinship-Based Society     40
The Beginnings of Something Called Israel     41
Structures of Kinship-Based Societies     51
Israel and Judah: From Early Statehood to Full Development     63
From Initial Statehood to the Middle of the Eighth Century     64
The Beginnings of a State     72
Society and State under Monarchical Rule     78
Profiles of Monarchy in Israel and Judah     91
The Formation of an Ancient Class Society     103
The Political Background from the Eighth to the Sixth Century     104
Israel and Judah as an Ancient Class Society     108
Exiles and Their Consequences     118
From Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus     119
Judah under Babylonian Rule     120
Israel in Exile     123
Provincial Society under Persia     128
From Cyrus to Alexander     129
Society and State in Judah and Samaria in the Persian Period     133
Temple and Torah     143
Life in the Diaspora     151
Yehud, Samaria, Israel: A Provincial Society in the Persian Period     153
The Jewish Ethnos in the Hellenistic Age     158
From Alexander the Great to the Hasmoneans     159
Changes in Society and State     161
Hellenistic Governance Structures      165
The Many Forms of "Israel"     170
Conclusion     176
Trans-epochal Features of Israel's Social History     176
Israel's Identity     177
Prospect: The Theological Relevance of Social History     178
Abbreviations     180
Notes     185
Glossary     235
Bibliography     241
Index of selected topics     263
Index of selected biblical passages     266

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