Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the 12th and 11th Centuries BC

Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the 12th and 11th Centuries BC

by Robert D Miller II


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620322086
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

List of Figures xvi

Abbreviations xviii

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

Methodology 17

Inherent Difficulties 22

5 The Archaeological Portrait of the Iron I Settlement 29

Sources 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

Bibliography 137

Index 183

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