The settlement of the Promised Land by the Hebrews, formerly slaves in Egypt, was marked by barbaric wars, genocide, rural and urban famines, debilitating hunger and diseases. Ancient Israel's location at the crossroads between competing regional powers and its source of coveted high quality foodstuffs, beverages, luxury goods, and animal products led Israel's kings and rulers to be in constant "military-ready" and "riot-containment" mode. International and regional export demands required a shift from rudimental subsistence agriculture to specialty products-commercial agriculture which stimulated urbanization. All disrupted family bonds, shattered lifelong friendships, strained the traditional social support system, and drastically modified their healthy historic Mediterranean diet. This paper session will focus on crises that reconfigured and drastically changed political decision-making, daily life, and social well-being in Ancient Israel.
|Presenter||William Dando*, Indiana State University, Famine in the Promised Land Signaled a Crisis in Leadership and Led to Critical Political Changes and Survival Responses: A Preliminary Study in Conflict Resolution||15||12:00 AM|
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