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Remembering AbrahamCulture, Memory, and History in the Hebrew Bible$
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Ronald Hendel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195177967.001.0001

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Israel Among the Nations

Israel Among the Nations

Biblical Culture in the Ancient Near East

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(p.3) 1 Israel Among the Nations
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Remembering Abraham
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Ronald Hendel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195177967.003.0001

Ancient Israel was a nation in the Near East, but it conceived of itself as a unique people. This chapter investigates the ways that Israel constructed its cultural identity in relation to its neighbors, and how its cultural, religious, and ethnic boundaries were contested and reinterpreted in various biblical texts.

Keywords:   ancient Near East, cultural identity, ethnic boundaries

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