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Israel's Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance (Avraham Faust) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2007) 9781904768982

Title: Israel's Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance

Author: Faust, Avraham

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781904768982

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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The emergence of Israel in Canaan is perhaps the most debated topic in biblical/Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and related fields. Accordingly, it has received a great deal of attention in recent years, both in scholarly literature and in popular publications.

Generally speaking, however, the archaeology of ancient Israel is wedged in a paradoxical situation. Despite the large existing database of archaeological finds (from thousands of excavations conducted over an extremely limited area) scholars in this (sub)discipline typically do not engage in "theoretical" (anthropological) discussions, thus exposing a large gap between it and other branches of archaeology, in this respect. Numerous 'archaeologically oriented' studies of Israelite ethnicity are still conducted largely in the spirit of the 'culture history school', and are absent of thorough reference to the work of more recent critics, which, at best, make a selected appearance in these analyses.

Israel's Ethnogenesis provides an "anthropologically-oriented" perspective to the discussion of Israel's ethnogenesis. This monograph incorporates detailed archaeological data and relevant textual sources, within an anthropological framework. Moreover, it contributes to the 'archeology of ethnicity', a field which currently attracts significant attention of archaeologists and anthropologists all over the world. Making use of an unparalleled archaeological database from ancient Israel, this volume has much to offer to the ongoing debate over the nature of ethnicity in general, and to the understudied question of how ethnic groups evolve (ethnogenesis), in particular.


Part One: Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Archaeology and Ethnicity

3. Summary of Previous Research on Israelite Ethnicity

Part Two: An Archaeological Examination of Israelite Ethnicity

4. Israelite Markers and Behavior During Iron Age II

5. Meat Consumption

6. Decorated Pottery

7. Imported Pottery

8. Pottery Form and Repertoire

9. The Four Room House

10. Circumcision and Ethnicity

11. Hierarchy and Equality: The Roots of the Israelite Egalitarian Ethos

Part Three: Israel's Identity and the Philistines

12. Settlement Patterns in Iron Age I--Iron Age II Transition

13. Ethnicity and Statehood in Ancient Israel

14. The Philistines

15. From Totemism to Ethnicity

Part Four: Merenptah's Israel: Israel's Identity and the Egyptian-Canaanite System

16. Merenptah's Israel

17. The Emergence of Israel: The Beginning

18. Origins Reconsidered

Part Five: Aspects of Distribution

19. Transjordan Revisited

20. Pots and Peoples Revisited: Israelites, Philistines and Canaanites

Part Six: Summary and Conclusion

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