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Community, Identity, and Ideology

Social Science Approaches to the Hebrew Bible

Edited by Charles E. Carter and Carol L. Meyers

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Community, Identity, and Ideology

Social Science Approaches to the Hebrew Bible

Edited by Charles E. Carter and Carol L. Meyers

This collection of essays contextualizes the history and current state of the social science method in the study of the Hebrew Bible. Part 1 traces the rise of social science criticism by reprinting classic essays on the topic; Part 2 provides “case studies,” examples of application of the methods to biblical studies.

 

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This collection of essays contextualizes the history and current state of the social science method in the study of the Hebrew Bible. Part 1 traces the rise of social science criticism by reprinting classic essays on the topic; Part 2 provides “case studies,” examples of application of the methods to biblical studies.

Series Preface

Editors’ Preface

Abbreviations

‘Introduction’

Charles E. Carter - A Discipline in Transition: The Contributions of the Social Sciences to the Study of the Hebrew Bible

‘Part 1: Anthropologists, Sociologists, and the Biblical World’

Introduction

William Robertson Smith - Sacrifice: Preliminary Survey

Max Weber - Ancient Judaism

Antonin Causse - From an Ethnic Group to a Religious Community: The Sociological Problem of Judaism

Mary Douglas - The Abominations of Leviticus

Marvin Harris - The Abominable Pig

George E. Mendenhall - The Hebrew Conquest of Palestine

Norman K. Gottwald - Domain Assumptions and Societal Models in the Study of Pre-Monarchic Israel

Gary A. Anderson - Sacrifices and Offerings in Ancient Israel: An Introduction

Robert Oden - Historical Understanding and Understanding the Religion of Israel

Gary A. Herion - The Impact of Modern and Social Science Assumptions on the Reconstruction of Israelite History

Andrew D. H. Mayes - Idealism and Materialism in Weber and Gottwald

Niels Peter Lemche - On the Use of ‘System Theory,’ ‘Macro Theories,’ and ‘Evolutionistic Thinking’ in Modern Old Testament Research and Biblical Archaeology

‘Part 2: Case Studies - Israel and Its Institutions: Social Science Perspectives’

Introduction

Abraham Malamat - Charismatic Leadership in the Book of Judges

James W. Flanagan - Chiefs in Israel

Robert B. Coote and Keith W. Whitelam - The Emergence of Israel: Social Transformation and State Formation following the Decline in Late Bronze Age Trade

Israel Finkelstein - The Emergence of the Monarchy in Israel: The Environment and Socio-Economic Aspects

Robert R. Wilson - Prophecy and Ecstasy: A Reexamination

Thomas W. Overholt - Prophecy: The Problem of Cross-Cultural Comparison

Frank S. Frick - Religion and Sociopolitical Structure in Early Israel: An Ethno-Archaeological Approach

David C. Hopkins - Life on the Land: The Subsistence Struggles of Early Israel

Carol L. Meyers - Procreation, Production, and Protection: Male-Female Balance in Early Israel

Phyllis Bird - The Place of Women in the Israelite Cultus

Daniel L. Smith - The Politics of Ezra: Sociological Indicators of Postexilic Judaean Society

Indexes

Index of Authorities

Index of Scripture

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