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Dinner at Dan: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sacred Feasts at Iron Age II Tel Dan and Their Significance
Greer, Jonathan S.

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xxii + 191. Ä98,00

Series Information
Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, 66
Edited by Thomas Schneider


Description: Jonathan S. Greer provides biblical and archaeological evidence for sacred feasting at the Levantine site of Tel Dan from the late 10th century - mid-8th century BCE. Biblical texts are argued to reflect a Yahwistic and traditional religious context for these feasts and a fresh analysis of previously unpublished animal bone, ceramic, and material remains from the temple complex at Tel Dan sheds light on sacrificial prescriptions, cultic realia, and movements within this sacred space. Greer concludes that feasts at Dan were utilized by the kings of Northern Israel initially to unify tribal factions and later to reinforce distinct social structures as a society strove to incorporate its tribal past within a monarchic framework.

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

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Review by Aren M. Maeir
Published 3/26/2015
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of Jonathan S. Greer, Dinner at Dan: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sacred Feasts at Iron Age II Tel Dan and Their Significance, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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