In the seven years since it was published, "Miller's yeoman narrative" (Ryan Byrne, BASOR) has become an important part of academic discourse on early Israel.
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 BC. Using the latest archaeological research and anthropological theories, Robert Miller presents an intriguing picture of what life was like in early Israel.
This reprint edition contains a new preface by the author that surveys developments in the past decade impacting issues addressed; in Chieftains of the Highland Claris.
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About the Author
Robert D. Miller II, OFS, is associate professor of Old Testament at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
List of Figures xvi
1 Identifying Early Israel 1
2 Writing Israel's History 3
3 The Complex Chiefdom Model 6
4 Archaeological Analysis of the Iron I Highlands 15
Geographic Scope 15
Inherent Difficulties 22
5 The Archaeological Portrait of the Iron I Settlement 29
Settlement Map 29
Distribution of Material Culture 41
Highland Economy 52
Temporal Change in the Settlement Pattern 64
Mortuary Evidence 69
Other Archaeological Correlates 73
Summary: Israelite Complex Chiefdoms? 81
Boundaries of the Highland Settlement 82
6 Ancient Near Eastern Sources for the Highland Settlement 91
7 A Social History of Highland Palestine, 1200-1000 B.C. 97
8 The Hebrew Bible as Source for the Highland Settlement 104
9 Highland Israel in the Hebrew Bible 112
10 Conclusions: Toward a Cultural History of Early Israel 125
Appendix: Key to Iron I Sites in Figures 127