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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 80. How Is Social Anthropology Used to Understand the Hebrew Bible?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44942


A key issue of social anthropology is its emphasis on detecting cultural diversity. The recognition of cultural diversity reveals the process of othering at work in the Bible. Not only is Israel presented as having to be entirely other than Canaan, but the Israel of the Bible also ignores most of the social components that constituted the actual Israel within which the Bible arose.

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