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The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction

ISBN: 9780800662820
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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.

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  • Title: The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction
  • Author: Rainer Kessler
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Sociology, Biblical; Jews › Civilization--To 70 A.D; Palestine › Social life and customs--To 70 A.D
  • ISBNs: 9780800662820, 0800662822
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:04:25Z

Rainer Kessler, geb. 1944, Studium der evangelischen Theologie in Mainz, Hamburg und Heidelberg, Pfarrer der evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, 1972 Dr. theol. in Heidelberg, 1991 Habilitation für das Fach Altes Testament in Bethel, von 1993 bis zu seiner Emeritierung 2010 Professor für Altes Testament in Marburg. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Prophetenschriften, Sozialgeschichte des Alten Israel, Ethik des Alten Testaments.


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