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* Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries BC (Robert D II, S.F.O. Miller) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802809889
* Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries BC (Robert D II, S.F.O. Miller) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802809889
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Title: * Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries BC

Author: Miller, Robert D II, S.F.

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802809889

Volumes: 1; Pages: 202

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Chieftains of the Highland Clans is an unusually clear, thorough, and original reconstruction of ancient Israelite politics and society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Using the latest archaeological research and anthropological models, Robert Miller presents a new picture of what life was like in early Israel--a picture sure to be widely discussed.

Ethnographic evidence from diverse cultures suggests that the model known as the "complex chiefdom" is particularly applicable to twelfth- and eleventh-century highland Palestine. This model describes prestate societies with ascribed rather than achieved rank and more than one level of political control. Miller uses this model to illuminate in fresh and fascinating ways the sociopolitical nature of early Israel, and he looks anew at the biblical text in light of this fruitful perspective.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

List of Figures

Abbreviations

1. Identifying Early Israel

2. Writing Israel's History

3. The Complex Chiefdom Model

4. Archaeological Analysis of the Iron I Highlands

Geographic Scope

Methodology

Inherent Difficulties

5. 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

6. Ancient Near Eastern Sources for the Highland Settlement

7. A Social History of Highland Palestine, 1200-1000 B.C.

8. The Hebrew Bible as Source for the Highland Settlement

9. Highland Israel in the Hebrew Bible

10. Conclusions: Toward a Cultural History of Early Israel

Appendix: Key to Iron I Sites in Figures

Bibliography

Index

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