Monthly Archives: September 2014

Faust-appreciation and hesitation

Today I am finishing up Avraham Faust’s Israel’s Ethnogenesis. Faust is important because he cuts through a lot of assumptions to look at and interpret certain essential facts. Here is a list of some of those facts: 1. Beginning in … Continue reading

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What comes next

When I finished Israel’s Ethongenesis I was looking forward to moving about 3,000 years forward and reading Belief Without Borders by Linda Mercadante. She was a journalist and now is a theology professor. In the book she looks at the … Continue reading

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Faust-oscillating settlement

I continue to read and blog about Avraham Faust’s book, Israel’s Ethnogenesis. In my last post. I asked why Faust thinks the Israelites became an ethnic group when they encountered the Philistines, but not earlier when they seem to have run … Continue reading

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Faust-Identity and history

“As for Israel’s actual origins, it seems as if ancient Israel was composed of peoples who came from various backgrounds: a semi-nomadic population who lived on the fringe of settlement, settled Canaanites who for various reasons changed their identity, tribes … Continue reading

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Faust-the Philistines

I have been reading Avraham Faust’s Israel’s Ethnogenesis not just to have a reading project this month, but because I am trying to figure something out. There has been a relatively new find (since Faust’s book) in Israel which may … Continue reading

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Faust-security and settlement

In the late 13th century and the 12th centuries BCE hundreds of villages and farmsteads appeared in the inland hill country of Canaan. Most scholars now identify these villages with the beginnings of Israel. In Israel’s Ethnogenesis, Avraham Faust calls … Continue reading

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Faust-Israel as the wild frontier

I am blogging through Avraham Faust’s Israel’s Ethnogenesis. In a footnote, Faust says that Norman Gottwald may have done the idea that earliest Israel had an egalitarian ethos a disservice by associating that idea with his larger theory. His theory … Continue reading

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