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Title: The Politics of Ancient Israel
Author: Gottwald, Norman K
Publisher: Westminster John Knox; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9780664232344
Volumes: 1; Pages: 366
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Gottwald reconstructs the politics of ancient Israel within the larger political environment of the ancient Near East. He questions the prevailing view that the Hebrew Bible, supported by archeological evidence when necessary, should be the primary source to diagram the evolution of Israel's political history. Along with a thorough and nuanced discussion of the matrix of ancient Near Eastern politics, Gottwald suggests how the monarchies of Israel and Judah developed. With imaginative and masterful insight, Gottwald tackles head-on the problems of religion, power, and politics in the history of ancient Israel.