On ancient Israel as a settler society: Pekka Pitkänen, ‘The ecological-evolutionary theory, migration, settler colonialism, sociology of violence and the origins of ancient Israel’, Cogent Social Sciences, 2, 1, 2016
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.
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