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Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine : 1200 Bce to 200 Ce (Hardcover)

Author: Lemos, T. M.

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In Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine, T. M. Lemos traces changes in the marriage customs of ancient Palestine over the course of several hundred years. The most important of these changes was a shift in emphasis from bridewealth to dowry, the latter of which clearly predominated in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Whereas previous scholarship has often attributed these shifts to the influence of foreign groups, Lemos connects them instead with a transformation that occurred in Palestine's social structure during the very same period. In the early Iron Age, Israel was a kinship-based society with a subsistence economy, but as the centuries passed, it became increasingly complex and developed marked divisions between rich and poor. At the same time, the importance of its kinship groups waned greatly. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that draws heavily on anthropological research, cultural theory, archaeological evidence, and historical-critical methods, Lemos posits that shifts in marriage customs were directly related to these wider social changes.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521113496
SKU 211936186
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521113490
Release Date 4/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0296
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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