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    DescriptionFrom leading Old Testament scholar Douglas A. Knight comes the latest volume in the Library of Ancient Israel series. Using socio-anthropological theory and archaeological evidence, Knight argues that while the laws in the Hebrew Bible tend to reflect the interests of those in power, the majority of ancient Israelites--located in villages--developed their own unwritten customary laws to regulate behavior and resolve legal conflicts in their own communities. This book includes numerous examples from village, city, and cult.Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.


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    Title
    Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas A. Knight
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 576 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780664221447
    ISBN 10: 0664221440
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15440
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Ingram Subject Code: RF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC21: 221.95
    Libri: I-RF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 56
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL006630
    DC22: 221.95, 221.9/5
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS019000
    LC classification: BM520.3 .K635 2011
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVC
    Publisher
    Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
    Publication date
    22 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Louisville
    Author Information
    Douglas A. Knight is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. He is the general editor of the Library of Ancient Israel.
    Review quote
    "Highly recommended for those concerned about the intersection of law and power in ancient Israel." Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies, Episcopal Divinity School "Building painstakingly on archaeological data and social-anthropological theory, Knight exposes the gap between biblical rhetoric and historical reality." Philip R. Davies, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield "A superb study of the legal texts of the Hebrew Bible and of the practice of law in ancient Israel." Norman K. Gottwald, Professor Emeritus, New York Theological Seminary "Knight offers an excellent treatment of the laws of ancient Israel and provides a significant methodological model for future scholarly discussions of these laws." Cheryl B. Anderson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "This book represents the first social history of biblical law. It demonstrates how the legal system functioned within the society of ancient Israel. Although the starting point of the book is the social world of ancient Israel, it also informs the reader in a well-founded and reliable manner about the legal literature of the Hebrew Bible. In addition, it keeps in mind the archaeology of Palestine and the legal history of the Ancient Near East. A most welcome book." Eckart Otto, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen "Knight goes beyond a careful reading of ancient texts to reconstruct a compelling and realistic picture of legal systems at work in the villages, cities, and cultic settings of ancient Israel." D. Don Welch, Professor of Law and Professor of Religion, Vanderbilt University. "Knight's book fills a large gap in the study of the legal systems of ancient Israel." Patrick D. Miller, Professor Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary