Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries B.C.

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Mai 2005



An illuminating social history of ancient Israel, "Chieftains of the Highland Clans" offers an unusually thorough and original reconstruction of Israelite society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Using the latest archaeological research and anthropological theories, Robert Miller presents an intriguing picture of what life was like in early Israel. Ethnographic evidence from diverse cultures suggests the "complex chiefdom" model as the most appropriate for the archaeology of twelfth- and eleventh-century highland Palestine. This model details the economic and political realities of prestate societies with ascribed rank and hierarchical political control. As he applies and fine-tunes the complex chiefdom model, Miller illustrates areas of potential correspondence and contradiction between his reconstruction and the biblical text. Students of archaeology, Palestine, and the "Hebrew Bible" will not want to miss Miller's fresh and fascinating conclusions about the sociopolitical nature of early Israel.


Acknowledgments Preface List of Figures Abbreviations Identifying Early Israel Writing Israel's History The Complex Chiefdom Model Archaeological Analysis of the Iron I Highlands Geographic Scope Methodology Inherent Difficulties The Archaeological Portrait of the Iron I Settlement Sources Settlement Map Distribution of Material Culture Highland Economy Temporal Change in the Settlement Pattern Mortuary Evidence Other Archaeological Correlates Summary: Israelite Complex Chiefdoms? Boundaries of the Highland Settlement Ancient Near Eastern Sources for the Highland Settlement A Social History of Highland Palestine, 1200-1000 B.C. The Hebrew Bible as Source for the Highland Settlement Highland Israel in the Hebrew Bible Conclusions: Toward a Cultural History of Early Israel Appendix: Key to Iron I Sites in Figures Bibliography Index


Robert D. Miller II, S.F.O., is associate professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
EAN: 9780802809889
ISBN: 080280988X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 186 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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