Religiosity in routine: embedding social meaning in the everyday life of the Iron II Negev

Erskine, Neil D. A. (2017) Religiosity in routine: embedding social meaning in the everyday life of the Iron II Negev. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The archaeology of religion is underdeveloped. Research into particular regions and periods favours specific theoretical paradigms and research questions. These problems are compounded by theory-laden archaeological investigations’ tendency to present only vague relationships between data and the theories utilised. Meanwhile, studies of religion in Ancient Israel has been overwhelmingly carried out by textual scholars, resulting in text-led, homogenising reconstructions of religious communities. Where archaeology is consulted it largely serves only to confirm or deny textually attested practices. To tackle these problems this dissertation develops a new theoretical model that allows the explicit connection of archaeological data to theory-laden interpretations, highlights the embeddedness of religion in day-to-day routines, and foregrounds the individual agent whilst allowing societal conclusions. This original and innovative framework is then used to present a reconstruction of Iron II Negev religion as a highly contextual phenomenon, interacted with idiosyncratically by individuals whilst retaining shared social meanings reproduced and developed through everyday experiences.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available.
Keywords: Archaeology, Ancient Israel, religion, Deleuze, Guattari, Iron Age, Arad, Beersheba, Tel Halif, Horvat Qitmit.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Glatz, Dr. Claudia
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Mr Neil D. A. Erskine
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-8145
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 07:44
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/8145

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