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Bedouin Culture in the Bible

Clinton Bailey


Bedouin culture, the culture of desert-dwelling nomads, has existed for 4,500 years, including the era when the texts of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, were composed. It is thus a good context for understanding much of the Bible’s often ambivalent content regarding economics, material culture, social values, social organization, legal practices, religious behavior, and oral traditions. The abundant and varied Bedouin materials in this book constitute a cultural document that supplements materials learned from other cultures of the Ancient Near East about the Bible. The plenitude of Bedoui ... More

Keywords: A cultural document, Supplement to archaeology, Definition of Bedouin and nomad, Bedouin background to biblical material, Insights into Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300121827
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clinton Bailey, author
Trinity College