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God, Man and Domesticated Animals

The Birth of Shepherds and Their Descendants in the Ancient Near East
by TANI Yutaka
This book is a fascinating exploration into how European attitudes that measure human achievements by their extent of control over nature is a cultural and historical product of the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean world. The subject matter is the emergence of domestication, the history and role of shepherds, and...

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This book is a fascinating exploration into how European attitudes that measure human achievements by their extent of control over nature is a cultural and historical product of the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean world. The subject matter is the emergence of domestication, the history and role of shepherds, and the Bible. Drawing on fieldwork spanning more than four decades, Part I looks at the domestication process of sheep and goats, and the emergence of the profession of shepherd. Part II focuses on how God's pronouncements concerning animals in the Old Testament came to take unique forms in the ancient Middle East, reflecting the relationships between city-states' ruling chiefs as large herd owners, and local pastoralists as entrusted shepherds pivoting around domesticated animal life. This book is published jointly with Kyoto University Press. [Subject: History, Middle East Studies, Domestication, Biblical Studies]

About Authors

TANI Yutaka is a Japanese cultural anthropologist and Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University. After graduating from the Faculty of Letters of Kyoto University, he completed its doctoral program and assumed various posts including Professor and Director of the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University He specializes in Western history and social anthropology.

Table of contents


Figures
Tables
Photographs
Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I: Domestication Process and the Birth of Shepherds
1 Location of Domesticated Sheep and Goats
2 Objectives and Methods
3 How did Domestication Begin?
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Figures
Tables
Photographs
Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I: Domestication Process and the Birth of Shepherds
1 Location of Domesticated Sheep and Goats
2 Objectives and Methods
3 How did Domestication Begin?
4 Developments After the Beginning of Domestication
5 The Unique Position of Ancient Near Eastern Pastoralists: Overcoming the Physiological Barrier to Milking Cows

Part II: Large Household Chiefs, Entrusted Shepherds and Domesticated Animals
6 The Domesticated Animal as Serf: Herd Guide-Wethers and Eunuchs
7 Relationship Between Temple Cities and Pastoral Groups in the Ancient Near East
8 Mode Analysis of Dietary Narratives in the Pentateuch

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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