Ancient Israel's Neighbors
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Ancient Israel's Neighbors  -     By: Brian R. Doak

Ancient Israel's Neighbors

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Title: Ancient Israel's Neighbors
By: Brian R. Doak
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.1 X 0.6 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0190690607
ISBN-13: 9780190690601
Series: Essentials of Biblical Studies
Stock No: WW690608

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Whether on a national or a personal level, everyone has a complex relationship with their closest neighbors. Where are the borders? How much interaction should there be? How are conflicts solved? Ancient Israel was one of several small nations clustered in the eastern Mediterranean region
between the large empires of Egypt and Mesopotamia in antiquity. Frequently mentioned in the Bible, these other small nations are seldom the focus of the narrative unless they interact with Israel. The ancient Israelites who produced the Hebrew Bible lived within a rich context of multiple
neighbors, and this context profoundly shaped Israel. Indeed, it was through the influence of the neighboring people that Israel defined its own identity-in terms of geography, language, politics, religion, and culture.

Ancient Israel's Neighbors explores both the biblical portrayal of the neighboring groups directly surrounding Israel-the Canaanites, Philistines, Phoenicians, Edomites, Moabites, Ammonites, and Arameans-and examines what we can know about these groups through their own literature, archaeology, and
other sources. Through its analysis of these surrounding groups, this book will demonstrate in a direct and accessible manner the extent to which ancient Israelite identity was forged both within and against the identities of its close neighbors. Animated by the latest and best research, yet written
for students, this book will invite readers into journey of scholarly discovery to explore the world of Israel's identity within its most immediate ancient Near Eastern context.

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Brian R. Doak is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University, just outside Portland, OR. He is the author of four other books, including Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel and Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the
Self in Job, and the co-editor (with Carolina López-Ruiz) of The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean.

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