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Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel
Knight, Douglas A.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011 pp. xxi + 305. $40.00


Description: From leading Old Testament scholar Douglas A. Knight comes the latest volume in the Library of Ancient Israel series. Using socio-anthropological theory and archaeological evidence, Knight argues that while the laws in the Hebrew Bible tend to reflect the interests of those in power, the majority of ancient Israelites--located in villages--developed their own unwritten customary laws to regulate behavior and resolve legal conflicts in their own communities. This book includes numerous examples from village, city, and cult. Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Markus Witte
Published 4/15/2012
Citation: Markus Witte, review of Douglas A. Knight, Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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