Rethinking Religion and Economics in Ancient Israel

A Response to Roland Boer, The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015)

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology
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Roland Boer marshals Marxist economic theory to stage an intervention designed to do nothing less than unseat neoliberalism as the regnant economic model in the study of ancient Israel. This response to Boer raises questions about the Boer’s treatment of the sacred and the notion of embedded religion. It also suggests that Bourdieu’s notion of “doxic” ideology can provide a balance to Boer’s voluntaristic model.

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    Brent Nongbri, “Dislodging ‘Embedded’ Religion: A Brief Note on a Scholarly Trope.” Numen 55 (2008): 440-460 (454).

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    Berlinerblau, “Ideology,” 169.

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