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Название: The Forging of Israel: Iron Technology, Symbolism, and Tradition in Ancient Society
Автор: Paula M. McNutt
Количество страниц: 240
Размер: 13.4 Mb
Paula McNutt states early on in her work on The Forging of Israel, that she has set out to answer the question:
"What kind of impact did the introduction of iron technology have on ancient Israelite culture, and how is the impact reflected in the use of iron technology as a cultural symbol?".
In order to achieve her goal M. has to deal with two broad categories of material: 1) surviving artifacts of iron in the eastern Mediterranean dating from ca. 1200-900 B.C. and the evidence they provide for the regional development of iron-working technology, and 2) textual references to iron and the ways in which such references record the use of iron and the symbolism associated with that use, especially in the Old Testament. Development of each of these two themes takes up one-half of the study. In other words, the monograph is roughly one part archaeology and one part textual study, but the two parts are not considered consecutively.