The Social History of Ancient Israel: An IntroductionPaperback
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- Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 20mm | 562g
- Publication date: 1 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: Minneapolis
- ISBN 10: 0800662822
- ISBN 13: 9780800662820
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps.
- Sales rank: 572,519
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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