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Título : Household and family religion in persian-period Judah: an archaeological approach
Autor : Balcells Gallarreta, José E. 
Fecha de publicación : 2017
Editorial : Society of Biblical Literature
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. Centro de Estudios de Historia de Antiguo Oriente
Cita : Balcells Gallarreta, J.E. Household and family religion in persian-period Judah : an archaeological approach [en línea]. Ancient Near East Monographs - Monografías sobre el Antiguo Cercano Oriente, Vol. 18. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature; Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente, 2017. Disponible en:
Resumen : Introducción: The Persian period biblical and nonbiblical textual traditions serve as valuable sources to study and understand the religion, or religions, of ancient Judah, especially early Judaism. Among their many valuable contributions, these texts as literary compositions reflect how ancient authors and editors recorded the religious practices and rituals in the Levant during the Persian period. As scholar of ancient religions Rainer Albertz notes, “[the Persian period was] one of the most productive eras in the history of Israelite religion.” Yet, while these texts narrate some of these details, there are still gaps in our understanding of how these ancient societies conceptualized the sacred and incorporated religious practices into daily life. Biblical texts typically provide the story from the viewpoint of what became the desired religious practices of the institutionalized or official religion at the Jerusalem temple through the writing of the elite. Given that the vast majority of ancient populations were illiterate, such written sources skew our knowledge towards the elite class of these societies. Individuals and social groups that were not part of this elite class are ignored or marginalized because of their illiteracy, socioeconomic class, location, and possible language barriers. These included women, widows, the poor, et cetera. So while textual information is useful for understanding household and family religious practices and rituals in the Levant during the Persian period, we cannot view these sources as normative as they leave common households and families out of the scholarly picture and overlook the material culture related to ritual and religion. Thus, household archaeology holds much promise in the study of family rituals and religion.
ISBN : 978-1628371789
Disciplina: HISTORIA
Derechos: Acceso Abierto
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