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The Ancient Israelite Family
Looks at the historical evolution of the ancient Israelite family structure from the pre-monarchical Israel to the Diaspora beginning in 722 B.C.E.
# 119498 | 2,430 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper describes that the ancient Israelite family organization during most of the biblical period resembled more of a village concept structured around raising children for the inheritance and survival of the family's traditions and for the building up of the community as a whole. The paper relates that the rise of the monarchy put the family and household under increasing pressure by threatening household land rights and traditional religious practices. The paper further relates that the family again had to change to accommodate the Diaspora beginning in 722 B.C.E , which marked the return of the family structure to the model of the ancestral household of ancient times.

From the Paper:

"Before the rise of the national state, the levels of social organization were relatively simple. There can be no doubt that the family was the basic model for human existence and was of paramount importance. The economic role of the family was also very significant in the agrarian-style society that existed from which Israel first built it's foundation upon. The family was fundamental as a model to human society and functioned as the center of not only economics, but social and religious practices as well."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bendor, Shunya. The Social Structure of Ancient Israel. Jerusalem: Simor, 1996.
  • Birch, Bruce C. Let Justice Roll Down: The Old Testament Ethics and Christian Life. Kentucky:Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.
  • Black, Jacob. 'Tyranny as a strategy for survival in an "egalitarian" society: Luri facts versus an anthropological mystique'. Man (ns) 1972; 7:614-634
  • De Vaux, Roland. Ancient Israel: It's life and Institutions. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1961.
  • Meyers, Carol. Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

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