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Bedouin Culture in the Bible$
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Clinton Bailey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121827

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121827.001.0001

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Introduction: Finding the Bible through the Bedouin

Introduction: Finding the Bible through the Bedouin

(p.1) Introduction: Finding the Bible through the Bedouin
Bedouin Culture in the Bible

Clinton Bailey

Yale University Press

IN THE LATE SUMMER OF 1970, I WAS living in the heart of the Negev desert at a fledgling educational institution called Midreshet Sde-Boker, from where I conducted ethnographic research into Bedouin culture—the culture of nomadic dwellers in the desert. One Sunday as I sat in my study preparing a lecture that I was to present to a conference the following Friday, a Bedouin friend, Swaylim Abu Bilayya, of the nearby Azazma Sarahin tribe knocked on my door....

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