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Economic Keystones: The Weight Systems of the Kingdom of Judah (Raz Kletter) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 1998) 9781850759201
Economic Keystones: The Weight Systems of the Kingdom of Judah (Raz Kletter) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 1998) 9781850759201
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Title: Economic Keystones: The Weight Systems of the Kingdom of Judah

Author: Kletter, Raz

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781850759201

Volumes: 1; Pages: 299

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This book presents a full picture of the weight system of Iron Age Judah, based on archaeological finds, historical sources and biblical texts. This book offers a complete picture of the weight system of Iron Age Judah, involving a careful study of the typology, date, context, weight standards, inscription and function of hundreds of weights (with a full catalogue). As against the common view, the author suggests that all the weights belong to one system based on one basic sheqel standard. The weights are mostly not 'royal weights' and have nothing to do with Josiah's reform. The 'sheqel of the sanctuary' was never used in practice in First-Temple Judah. The study leads to new insights about the relation of the Judaean system to other weight systems, as well as about international trade and the economy of the Kingdom of Judah.

Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

Ch. 1 The History of Research

Ch. 2 The Date

Ch. 3 Distribution Patterns and the Borders of Judah

Ch. 4 The Typology

Ch. 5 The Metrology of the Weights

Ch. 6 The Archaeological Context

Ch. 7 The Judaean Weights and the Old Testament

Ch. 8 The Judaean Weights and the Hebrew Ostraca

Ch. 9 The Judaean Weights and Other Near-Eastern Weight Systems

Ch. 10 The Question of Royal Weights

Ch. 11 The Uninscribed Weights of Judah

Ch. 12 Conclusions

App. 1 Catalogue of Inscribed Judaean Weights

App. 2 Addenda (Weights Added Between 1991 and 96)

App. 3 Judaean Inscribed Weights (Arranged by Site)

App. 4 The Judaean Uninscribed Weights

Bibliography

Index of References

Index of Authors

Index of Place Names
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