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Bibil Identifier bibil:220047
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Tracking an Ancient Near Eastern Economic System: The Tributary Mode of Production and the Temple-State
Author West, Gerald
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 511-532 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Making sense of ancient economies requires careful attention to particular details as well as a consolidating model that combines the detail into a coherent form. While there is always the danger that economic models will over-determine the detail, models are useful heuristic devices. In this artice a model that draws on Marxist economic analysis is assembled and then used to trace a geographically pervasive and historically enduring economic system in the ancient world, stretching from the Ancient Near East to Greco-Rome, and so underlying much of biblical history and story. The model argues that the model of a tributary mode of production, administered through a city-state political system, may also prove useful exegetically and ethically, enabling us to understand particular texts more "economically" and to provide important perspective to our present day economic decisions.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Economy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Temple Tribute
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Materialist Reading
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