Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible

Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible

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By (author) Philippe Guillaume

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  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 238mm x 28mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Sheffield
  • ISBN 10: 1845539273
  • ISBN 13: 9781845539276
  • Sales rank: 1,513,677

Product description

Land, Credit and Crisis presents a new understanding of the financial culture of the Bible. Biblical Palestine was characterized by an over-abundance of arable land combined with a chronic lack of manpower and agricultural credit - circumstances which lead to much prophetic fulminating against merchants and the rich. The book reveals how the financial instruments and institutions of the time reflected a tough economic realism and argues that the image of the biblical prophet as a champion of social justice must be revised.

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Author information

Philippe Guillaume is a trained agriculturalist, theologian and biblical archaeologist, and has taught Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in Switzerland, Lebanon and England. He is currently writing a Habilitationsschrift at the University of Berne.

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Land 1. Land Tenure 2. Communal Land 3. The Myth of the Helpless Peasant 4. New Perspectives on Land Passages Part II: Credit 5. Agricultural Credit 6. Debt and Patronage 7. Debt in the Bible Part III: No Crisis in Yehud 8. Life in Yehud 9. Financing Production and Commerce General Conclusion