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Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel (Hardcover)

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"This is a tremendous collection of essays that will serve as an updated handbook for students and scholars alike who wish to gain entry into a particular aspect or period of ancient Israelite history." Cindy Chapman, Oberlin College

"There is frankly nothing quite like it. Niditch has not been afraid to encourage differing points of view, and the contributors have not been afraid to be provocative in what they have to say. Unquestionably, this volume will become a cornerstone for all future work on the study of ancient Israel." Peter Machinist, Harvard University

The Companion to Ancient Israel offers an unparalleled exploration of the political, social, and cultural world of ancient Israel. Methodologically sophisticated, it provides an overview of ancient Israelite culture, richly informed by a variety of approaches and fields. These include the history of religion with its interests in worldviews, symbol systems, paradigms, and the benefits of comparative, cross-cultural study; the study of "religion as lived," an approach that examines the everyday lives of ordinary people and the material cultures that they construct and experience; and cultural studies with its interdisciplinary emphases and methodological questions about the academic assumptions that scholars make.

The Companion has been divided into three parts, throughout which a distinguished and international group of scholars have delivered a series of fresh contributions: the first part deals in innovative ways with the methodological assumptions and techniques that allow for the study of ancient Israel; the second provides an overview of social and political history, and the third part focuses on critical aspects of culture. The essays not only explore what we can say about the cultures and history of the people of Israel and Judah but also asks how we know what we know, in a style that makes it of real interest to scholars but also fully accessible to non-experts.
Number of Pages: 547
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Language: English
Street Date: January 26, 2016
TCIN: 50341015
UPC: 9780470656778
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-0589
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