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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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Bedouin and Israelites in the Desert

Bedouin and Israelites in the Desert

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Bedouin Culture in the Bible
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Clinton Bailey

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121827.003.0002

This chapter confirms the veracity of the biblical portrayal of the Israelites as nomads in the deserts and semi-arid areas of Canaan by examining the climatic conditions in these areas and comparing how both pre-modern Bedouin and the depicted early Israelites adjusted to them in their economic life. The low level of rainfall, its yearly irregularity, its monthly inconsistency, and its spotty, geographical dispersion, account for the fact that pre-modern Bedouin as well as the depicted ancient Israelites lived mainly as raisers of livestock rather than as farmers, each with the same type of water-preserving animals and the need to migrate with them from one spot of pasture to another. Similarities in the management of flocks by both communities are detailed, as are their common attempts at agriculture when conditions allowed.

Keywords:   Unreliable desert rainfall, Livestock Raising, Desert Agriculture

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