Chieftains of the Highland Clans (Bible In Its World, The Series)
This engaging study explores the nature of ancient Israelite politics and society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Applying a new anthropological model known as the bcomplex chiefdomb and drawing on archaeological evidence of twelfth- and...
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This engaging study explores the nature of ancient Israelite politics and society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Applying a new anthropological model known as the bcomplex chiefdomb and drawing on archaeological evidence of twelfth- and eleventh-century highland Palestine, Robert D. Miller presents a new picture of the sociopolitical life of early Israel -- a picture sure to be widely discussed.
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 sociopolit
Robert D. Miller II, SFO, is assistant professor of sacred scripture at Mount St. Marybs Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- 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