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Bedouin Poetry And Landscape

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The relationship of the people with the land has an important place in the history of Israel as narrated in the Old Testament. There are some striking similarities between the poetry found in the Bible, and more recent bedouin poetry from the same region, that has been collected and recorded by travellers. This chapter discusses this recent poetry to see what it tells us about the relationship of the poet and the land. It looks at various aspects of the landscape, and how these are observed and expressed by bedouin poets.They may reflect and help us understand the relationship that the early and later Israelites had with their land. Landscape has become an important section of the archaeological discipline in the last decennia. Bedouin or tribal poetry has been collected and translated by a number of scholars, sometimes systematically and thematically, sometimes as incidental illustrations.

Keywords: archaeological discipline; bedouin poetry; Israelites; landscape; Old Testament



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