Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine

    Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine

    1200 BCE to 200 CE

    TM Lemos

    Cambridge University Press 2010

    Hardback 305pp

    9780521113496   Product Code: 97338

    TM Lemos begins this innovative study by examining biblical and post-exilic texts which provide evidence for changing marriage customs across the centuries. She then turns to comparative anthropological study of marriage gifts in cultures beyond the ancient Near East and uses these insights to argue, against the established view, that Israelite society's slow movement away from bridewealth to dowry was the result, not of foreign influence, but of fundamental transformations in Palestine's social structure.

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