Social History of Ancient Israel An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0800662822

ISBN-13: 9780800662820

Edition: 2008

Authors: Rainer Kessler, Linda M. Maloney

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Histories of ancient Israel have usually focused attention on major figures in powerful positions: kings, prophets, and patriarchs. Kessler asks about the larger social patterns that shaped the everyday life of ordinary people, from the emergence of Israel in the hills of Canaan, to the Jewish populations of Greek city-states in the Hellenistic age. The introductory section includes discussion of social history as discipline and as method, event history and the "long haul," the representation of social history, and the history of research. Two other sections explore the methods of the social history of Israel and the epochs of Israel's social history, including discussions of environment as living space, Israel's emergence as a kinship-based society, exile and its consequences, and more. Includes a time line, glossary of terms, maps and illustrations.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 6/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Publisher's Foreword
The Social History Method
Social History as Discipline and as Method
The History of Events and "the Long Term"
A Description of Social History
History of Scholarship
Methods for Studying the Social History of Israel
Environment as Living Space
The Geographical Environment
The Historical Environment
Material Remains
Archaeology: Artifacts and Interpretation
Epigraphic Material from Israel and Its Environment
The Texts of the Hebrew Bible
The Historical Reliability of the Biblical Accounts
Fiction and Milieu
Intentional and Unintentional Tradition
Norm and Reality
Dating Biblical Texts
In Search of Analogies
Societies in Israel's Environment
Ethnology: From Empirical Studies to Theory
Sociological Categories
The Epochs of Israel's Social History
Israel's Origins as a Kinship-Based Society
The Beginnings of Something Called Israel
Structures of Kinship-Based Societies
Israel and Judah: From Early Statehood to Full Development
From Initial Statehood to the Middle of the Eighth Century
The Beginnings of a State
Society and State under Monarchical Rule
Profiles of Monarchy in Israel and Judah
The Formation of an Ancient Class Society
The Political Background from the Eighth to the Sixth Century
Israel and Judah as an Ancient Class Society
Exiles and Their Consequences
From Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus
Judah under Babylonian Rule
Israel in Exile
Provincial Society under Persia
From Cyrus to Alexander
Society and State in Judah and Samaria in the Persian Period
Temple and Torah
Life in the Diaspora
Yehud, Samaria, Israel: A Provincial Society in the Persian Period
The Jewish Ethnos in the Hellenistic Age
From Alexander the Great to the Hasmoneans
Changes in Society and State
Hellenistic Governance Structures
The Many Forms of "Israel"
Trans-epochal Features of Israel's Social History
Israel's Identity
Prospect: The Theological Relevance of Social History
Index of selected topics
Index of selected biblical passages
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