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Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel
Miano, David

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 pp. xx + 267. $34.95

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Description: How did the ancient Israelites view and measure time? The Hebrew Bible, the chief source of information for Israelite time-reckoning during the monarchic period (ca. 1000Ė586 B.C.E.), contains chronological data from many different sources. This material has previously been treated as if it were derived from a single source and reflected but one system of time measurement. Shadow on the Steps considers the various sources and assesses each on its own terms. The path-breaking approach in this volume brings together material on biblical calendars and on the chronology of the kings and systematically uses one (calendars) to inform the other (chronology), laying the foundation both for a closer inspection of biblical approaches to history and for a foray into ancient chronography in general.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Spencer L. Allen
Published 3/16/2012
Citation: Spencer L. Allen, review of David Miano, Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

Review by Trent C. Butler
Published 6/11/2015
Citation: Trent C. Butler, review of David Miano, Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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