By Richard D. Nelson
A thorough assessment of the heritage of old Israel for learn and school room use
Richard D. Nelson charts the start of the Iron Age and the emergence of Israel and its literature, together with the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the downfall of Israel, Judah within the Assyrian and Babylonian sessions, Yehud and Persia, and the Hellenistic interval. each one bankruptcy offers a precis of the interval into consideration, a historic reconstruction of the interval, in keeping with biblical and extrabiblical facts; a severe learn of the biblical literature deriving from or linked to the interval, and theological conclusions that readers may perhaps draw from the correct biblical texts.
- Balanced insurance of arguable topics
- Extensive bibliographies initially of every chapter
- Lists of rulers and key dates for reference and lecture room use
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Reuben’s impermanence may have had something to do with the tribe’s pastoralist lifestyle (see Judg 5:16). The Danite migration story (Judg 18–19) is an explanatory etiology for the tribe’s concurrent presence in two areas and the origin of the sanctuary at Dan. However, the northward migration of Dan does seem to be a historical fact. Both the Samson traditions and the place name Mahanehdan (camp of Dan; Judg 13:25; 18:12) place Dan solidly in the Shephelah between Zorah and Eshtaol, where they would have been under Philistine pressure and unable to expand as their population grew.
These portray an abstract goddess seated on a chair. 42:164). This female deity is clearly the Queen Earth (Pot[n]ia Ge) who is addressed in Homeric Epigrams 7. However, biblical references to Philistine worship of the Canaanite god Dagon also suggest a mixed cultural situation concerning religion. Because their characteristic cultural markers appear side by side with signs of continued Canaanite presence, the Philistines seem to have been a military elite of limited size who politically and socially dominated a larger population of indigenous Canaanites.
Pork avoidance would have been a powerful ethnic indicator over against the Philistines, especially for a group with a significant seminomadic pastoral heritage of raising sheep and goats in its background. Secondly, the four room house, although not unique to central Palestine and certainly a result of local ecological conditions and the requirements of a mixed subsistence economy, may also have developed into a cultural marker facilitating and communicating an egalitarian social structure. There is no hierarchy of access in such a domestic design; all rooms are directly accessible from the central space.
Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200-63 BCE) by Richard D. Nelson