The World of Ancient Israel is especially concerned to explore in greater depth than comparable studies the areas and degrees of overlap between approaches to the subject of Old Testament research adopted by scholars and students of theology and the social sciences. Increasing numbers of scholars have recognized the valuable insights that can be gained from a cross-disciplinary approach, and it is becoming clear that the early Biblical traditions must be examined in the light of comparative anthropology if useful historical conclusions are to be drawn from them.
Table of ContentsPreface; Contributors; Abbreviations; Part I. Introductory Perspectives: 1. Israel in its historical and cultural setting R. E. Clements; 2. Anthropology and the Old Testament J. W. Rogerson; 3. Sociology and the Old Testament A. D. H. Mayes; Part II. Israel: 4. Agriculture and patterns of settlement F. S. Frick; 5. Israel as a tribal society J. D. Martin; 6. Israelite kinship: the royal ideology and its opponents K. W. Whitelam; 7. The concept of Israel in transition H. G. M. Williamson; 8. The origins of the Jewish diaspora R. J. Coggins; Part III. Fundamental Institutions: 9. Ideas of law and legal administration: a semiotic approach B. S. Jackson; 10. Prophecy and society R. P. Carroll; 11. The social world of the Apocalyptic writers R. N. Whybray; 12. The social world of the Apocalyptic writings P. R. Davies; Part IV. Ideas and Ideals: 13. Holiness and cult P. J. Budd; 14. The concept of Holy War G. H. Jones; 15. Covenant ideology in ancient Israel R. Davidson; 16. Land, its rights and privileges E. W. Davies; 17. Women in ancient Israel G. I. Emmerson; 18. Life and death in the Old Testament M. A. Knibb.