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By Adriane Leveen

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are imperative to the formation of a collective Israelite id. Encounters among the Israelites and their acquaintances are one of the so much pressing issues explored in biblical narratives, but fairly little scholarly consciousness has been paid to them. This booklet corrects that imbalance via undertaking shut readings of the bills of Israel’s myriad interactions with the encompassing nations.

The e-book follows the folk of Israel once they go away Egypt, as they wander within the barren region, pass over into the land, turn into a unified humans Israel and face explusion from that land. The creation lays the foundation for a literary interpreting. every one bankruptcy that follows highlights a special humans and the problems that they carry. for instance, Jethro, spouse's father of Moses and a Midian priest, offers a version of collaboration, whereas Samson’s habit triggers a cycle of violent retribution. those enticing tales illustrate the perceived hazards of idolatry and army oppression, but additionally exhibit classes in governance, cultural innovation and the construction of alliances.

This booklet is essential studying for Biblical students and readers who are looking to deepen their figuring out of the Israelites’ courting with neighboring peoples. it's going to even be of prepared curiosity to lecturers who paintings in historic background and culture.

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