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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.
List of Figures
1. Identifying Early Israel
2. Writing Israel's History
3. The Complex Chiefdom Model
4. Archaeological Analysis of the Iron I Highlands
5. The Archaeological Portrait of the Iron I Settlement
Distribution of Material Culture
Temporal Change in the Settlement Pattern
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
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