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Bibil Identifier bibil:226759
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) State Formation in the Hebrew Bible: An Institutional Economic Perspective
Author Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 391-422 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article analyzes the changing approach to state formation in the stories of Joshua, Saul, David and Solomon. These stories are here scrutinized for features of emerging constitutional and institutional economic governance. This article inquires as to why initially a rather federalist structure under Joshua emerged, one that subsequently was replaced by more formally coordinated, hierarchical governance structures. It focuses on attack/defense costs and transaction costs that explain the emergence of state structures and their evolution over time. In addition, institutional economic concepts of political governance (that overcome anarchy and organize wealth creation in society) are projected to state formation in the Hebrew Bible. In this way, this article traces the early, yet pseudo-modern, economic history of a theory of state formation.
DOI 10.1177/0309089213483980
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : State
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monarchy
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