Families in Ancient Israel

Families in Ancient Israel

This book would make a great seminary, or graduate school book.

This book’s first strength is that it is divided into sections which describe the family based upon
each scholar’s area of expertise. So, Meyers takes the archaeological discussion, and Perdue takes the
theological discussion.
Meyers does a good job of describing the way in which rural settings differ from urban settings
in terms of the family. She uses inductive logic to demonstrate her position about the family in Ancient
Israel. Meyers describes hard evidence in the material culture, such as the shape and design of houses,
and then makes statements about the amount of occupants based on population densities in other rural
villages in the world. So, her numbers aren’t hard facts, but they are probably excellent ideas.

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