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Bedouin Culture in the Bible
Bailey, Clinton

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018 pp. x + 278. $55.00

Description: Written by one of the worldís leading scholars of Bedouin culture, this groundbreaking book sheds new light on significant points of convergence between Bedouin and early Israelite cultures, as manifested in the Hebrew Bible. Bailey compares Bedouin and biblical sources, identifying overlaps in economic activity, material culture, social values, social organization, laws, religious practices, and oral traditions. He examines the question of whether some early Israelites were indeed nomads as the Bible presents them, offering a new angle on the controversy over the identity of the early Israelites and a new cultural perspective to scholars of the Bible and the Bedouin alike.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Norman K. Gottwald
Published 2/20/2020
Citation: Norman K. Gottwald, review of Clinton Bailey, Bedouin Culture in the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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