Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the by Rainer Albertz

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In her 1997 study on the family in early Israel, Meyers emphasized the roles of women in domestic religious practices. She relied, however, on the example of harvest feasts, although they are not typical of domestic rituals because they were celebrated at local sanctuaries. She also interpreted the familial Passover ritual as having been somehow related to the season during which flocks would give birth (1997: 39). Although Meyers distinguished between “cult corners” of households and village “shrines or locales for ritual events” rather than attempting to clarify the distinction between private and public cult activities of families, she did emphasize that, “in the early Israelite villages, family religion extended beyond the nuclear and compound families and included the local community—the kin group, or the mišpāḥāh” (1997: 39).

King and Stager 2001: 36–39; and others. ╇See Shiloh 1980: 29; Holladay 1992: 310; 1995: 387, 393; Faust 1999a: 234; 2000: 19, 23; Faust and Bunimovitz 2003: 26; cf. Stager 1985: 18; and others.  . ” In both models, “family households” may also include people other than kin, such as servants or slaves. ” An example of the utility of their typologies can be seen by applying it to the “stem family household,” which existed in several parts of Europe but appears mostly to have been overlooked by biblical scholars.

In both models, “family households” may also include people other than kin, such as servants or slaves. ” An example of the utility of their typologies can be seen by applying it to the “stem family household,” which existed in several parts of Europe but appears mostly to have been overlooked by biblical scholars. This type permits the continued existence of a parental joint family household over a longer period only if the inheritance remains largely undivided. Within stem family households, only one son, generally the oldest, will ultimately inherit the paternal household and its estate; all other brothers are required to leave when they marry or can stay in their paternal household as unmarried workers.

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