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Israel’s Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance
Faust, Avraham

London: Equinox, 2007 pp. xv + 289. $125.00

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Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology


Description: Israel’s Ethnogenesis provides an “anthropologically-oriented” perspective to the discussion of Israel’s ethnogenesis. The book traces Israel's emergence in Canaan, and the complex processes of ethnic negotiations and re-negotiations that accompanied it. This monograph incorporates detailed archaeological data and relevant textual sources, within an anthropological framework. Moreover, it contributes to the ‘archaeology 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.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology

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Review by Kenton L. Sparks
Published 7/12/2008
Citation: Kenton L. Sparks, review of Avraham Faust, Israel’s Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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