The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800662820
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,076,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Social History Method 1

Pt. 1 Methods for Studying the Social History of Israel

2 Environment as Living Space 15

3 Material Remains 19

4 The Texts of the Hebrew Bible 24

5 In Search of Analogies 33

Pt. 2 The Epochs of Israel's Social History

6 Israel's Origins as a Kinship-Based Society 40

7 Israel and Judah: From Early Statehood to Full Development 63

8 The Formation of an Ancient Class Society 103

9 Exiles and Their Consequences 118

10 Provincial Society under Persia 128

11 The Jewish Ethnos in the Hellenistic Age 158

12 Conclusion 176

Abbreviations 180

Notes 185

Glossary 235

Bibliography 241

Index of selected topics 263

Index of selected biblical passages 266

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