Bedouin Culture in the Bible

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Clinton Bailey
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , October
     2018.
     288 pages.
     $55.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300121827.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kevin McGeough forthcoming.

Description

The first contemporary analysis of Bedouin and biblical cultures sheds new light on biblical laws, practices, and Bedouin history.

Written by one of the world’s leading scholars of Bedouin culture, this groundbreaking book sheds new light on significant points of convergence between Bedouin and early Israelite cultures, as manifested in the Hebrew Bible. Bailey compares Bedouin and biblical sources, identifying overlaps in economic activity, material culture, social values, social organization, laws, religious practices, and oral traditions. He examines the question of whether some early Israelites were indeed nomads as the Bible presents them, offering a new angle on the controversy over the identity of the early Israelites and a new cultural perspective to scholars of the Bible and the Bedouin alike.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Clinton Bailey has studied Bedouin culture firsthand for fifty years and is the author of books on Bedouin poetry, law, and proverbs. He has been an advocate and activist on behalf of Bedouin civil rights in Israel since 1978.

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