The ecological-evolutionary theory, migration, settler colonialism, sociology of violence and the origins of ancient Israel

Pitkänen, Pekka M A (2016) The ecological-evolutionary theory, migration, settler colonialism, sociology of violence and the origins of ancient Israel. Cogent Social Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2331-1886

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Abstract

This paper looks at the question of the origins of ancient Israel from the perspective of four social-scientific based approaches. These are the ecological-evolutionary theory developed by Gerhard Lenski, theories of migration and settler colonialism and a sociological approach to violence developed by Siniša Malešević. It shows how the four theories fit together well and provide a comparative framework for interpreting both biblical and archaeological data, rendering it plausible to see early Israel as a settler colonial agrarian frontier society that was considerably based on migration from outside and where violence played a significant part in the formation and development of that society.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ancient Israel; sociological approaches; historical interpretation; methodology; theory construction
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 08:39
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 00:44
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3799

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