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The Family in Life and in Death The Family in Ancient Israel - Sociological and Archaeological Perspectives by Patricia Dutcher-Walls

The Family in Life and in Death The Family in Ancient Israel - Sociological and Archaeological Perspectives

Part of the The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Series


The Family in Life and in Death The Family in Ancient Israel - Sociological and Archaeological Perspectives by Patricia Dutcher-Walls

This volume explores the advantages of seeing a topic from two different but complementary perspectives. All of the papers in the volume were read at two sessions at SBL (2005 and 2006) that were co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and the Hebrew Bible Section of SBL and the American Schools of Oriental Research. The sessions were designed to promote dialogue among scholars by juxtaposing research based in the social sciences and archaeology. Scholars contributed papers from within their own methodological and research perspective, but addressed possible interactions and overlaps that their research might contribute to the complementary perspective. Significant intersections between the approaches emerged when patterns of social interactions accessed by social scientific methods paralleled patterns in material remains accessed by archaeological methods. The sessions and thus the book achieve coherence because all of the papers attended to aspects of the family in ancient Israel. While the presenters selected their own topics in the subject area, several foci emerged that reflect current research interests in these fields. These foci include research on ancestors and the cult of the dead, configurations of family house structures, and family relational interactions. All of the papers make their methods and approaches visible and delineate clearly the textual or material basis of their research, so that the dialogue among the papers is facilitated.


Mention in Hebrew Studies 50 (2009)

About the Author

Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Associate Professor of Hebrew Scripture, Vancouver School of Theology; Recent publications: Queen Mothers and Royal Politics of the Seventh Century B.C.E. in Chaney Festschrift, Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming; The Circumscription of the King: Deuteronomy 17:16-17 in Its Ancient Social Context, JBL 121; Jezebel: Portraits of a Queen, Liturgical Press, 2004.

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Publication date

2nd July 2009


Patricia Dutcher-Walls

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


150 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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