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The Extended Family in the Hebrew Bible and Household Archaeology

January 28, 2013 at 5:30pm

Aaron Brody, Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology and the Director of the Badè Museum at Pacific School of Religion will be giving the lecture The Extended Family in the Hebrew Bible and Household Archaeology with reception to follow.

This lecture is being held in association with the 111th Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, "We Are Family: Real Families, Real Faith, in the Real World," January 29-31, 2013, at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. Visit for a full listing of workshops, speakers, and other special events.

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Lecture Abstract:

This study of household archaeology at Tell en-Nasbeh initiates a broader program of research on biblical families through analyzing residential compounds at the site. By studying ceramics and small finds in their original architectural contexts, I investigated aspects of daily life in a fortified village at the household level. This provides a bottom-up view of Judean society that stands in contrast to the top-down view of royal or elite society typically represented in various texts of the Hebrew Bible during the period of the United and Divided Monarchies. This household approach also stands in contrast to most excavations in the region that have focused primarily on the archaeology of urban centers and other outposts of the central authorities, such as fortresses.

Were the pillared-houses at Nasbeh, the biblical city of Mizpah, the residencies of nuclear or extended families? Data presented allows me to define a particular five-building compound as the home of three nuclear families whose houses were physically linked. Shared or pooled resources of these three nuclear families, revealed through household archaeology, suggest that this compound housed one extended family.