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By Roger S Nam

With the growing to be proliferation of literature about the social global of the Hebrew Bible, students proceed to stand the problem of a formal figuring out of historic Israel’s economies. Portrayals of financial alternate within the e-book of Kings is the 1st monographic learn to take advantage of an anthropological method of learn the character of the commercial lifestyles at the back of the biblical textual content. via Karl Polanyi’s paradigm of trade as a methodological keep an eye on, this ebook synthesizes Semitic philology with similar fields of Levantine archaeology and glossy ethnography. With this interdisciplinary body, Nam articulates a social research of financial alternate, and stimulates new understandings of the biblical global.

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Chapter Five will explore these issues in greater detail, but for now, one must understand that the extant economic texts are not completely revealing of the greater system. Both market-exchange and administered-exchange can produce similar corpora. As a result, the issue of proper evaluation of such evidence remains the primary challenge to the formalists. Whereas classical political economy continues to dominate the Western constructs of social order, other trajectories from Adam Smith completely overturn his capitalist assumptions on economic life.

Simo Parpola and Robert M. , ed. S. Gitin (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1995), 61–79. Cf. Nadav Na’aman, “Ekron under the Assyrian and Egyptian Empires,” BASOR 332 (2003): 81–91. 62 Lawrence E. ,” in Studies in the Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands in Memory of Douglas L. , ed. Samuel R. Wolff (Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2001), 625–638. 63 Her study suggests a flourishing exchange during most periods of the Israelite monarchy. 65 They contend that Judah divided into zones of production according to commodity value.

55 But unlike the Late Bronze Age and the Classical period, Israelite history lacks the same degree of disinterested economic evidence. With the transition to Aramaic as a lingua-franca and the concomitant replacement of durable clay archives with ephemeral papyri, many of the economic documents have perished over the course of time. The most important extant archives consist of ostraca with larger collections found at Samaria and Arad. Although this study will examine these archives in greater detail in Chapter Four, even these collections have limited data, as they represent immaterial quantities compared with the total economic activity.

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