By Ann E. Killebrew

ISBN-10: 1589830970

ISBN-13: 9781589830974

Old Israel didn't emerge inside a vacuum yet really got here to exist along a number of peoples, together with Canaanites, Egyptians, and Philistines. certainly, Israel's very proximity to those teams has made it tricky - earlier - to tell apart the archaeological strains of early Israel and different modern teams. via an research of the implications from fresh excavations in gentle of proper historic and later biblical texts, this ebook proposes that it's attainable to spot those peoples and hint culturally or ethnically outlined obstacles within the archaeological list. positive aspects of overdue second-millennium B.C.E. tradition are significantly tested of their ancient and biblical contexts so one can outline the advanced social barriers of the early Iron Age and reconstruct the varied fabric international of those 4 peoples. Of specific price to students, archaeologists, and historians, this quantity may also be a customary reference and source for college students and different readers attracted to the emergence of early Israel

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With 32 BIBLICAL PEOPLES AND ETHNICITY the destruction of Late Bronze Age Troy VIla, the site was immediately reoccupied (Troy VITb) with no break in occupation, indicating a continuation of the Late Bronze Age with only a few changes. A cultural break is evident only in the second phase of Troy VIIb, marked by the appearance of new construction techniques and handmade pottery (Becks 2003). , after the cessation of imports from the western Aegean, as demonstrated by the evidence of imported grey Trojan ware in Cyprus and at several sites in Canaan (S.

Late Bronze Age Canaan was not made up of a single "ethnic" group but consisted of a population whose diversity may be hinted at by the great variety of burial customs and cultic structures (both considered to be culturally sensitive indicators of ethnicity; see ch. 3 regarding the Canaanites and their material culture) that one finds. Although the population of Canaan was of varied origins, it was unified by a common socioeconomic system based on a citystate/hinterland model reflected in most aspects of the material culture as well as in the fourteenth-cenhlry Amarna letters and other Egyptian texts.

The arrival of the Philistines represents a deliberate act by prosperous colonizers who were well acquainted with the southern Levantine coast. The transformation that occurred at the end of the Late Bronze Age irrevocably changed the entire ancient Mediterranean world. This period of transition is a fitting case study in cultural diversity and the material manifestations of ethnicity that in some cases correspond to well-defined material culture boundaries. E. E. created an environment ripe for the creation of identifiable group boundaries of Egyptians, Canaanites, early Israelites, and Philistines-key players in the later formation of the world of the Hebrew Bible.

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