Family and Society in Ancient Israel

Moses assists Jethro's daughters at the Well of Midian
Botticelli, Sistine Chapel

  1. Tribes, States, and Classes: The Socio-Political Order of the Ancient Hebrews
  2. Patrilineal Descent Organization
  3. Marriage
  4. Sagas of the Hebrew Patriarchs: History, Mythology, and Social Structure

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