you must buy this book: Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings by Roger Nam

Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings by Roger S. NamThe latest from Brill is “Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings” by my colleague and friend, Dr. Roger S. Nam.

Here’s the blurb:

With the growing proliferation of literature concerning the social world of the Hebrew Bible, scholars continue to face the challenge of a proper understanding of ancient Israel’s economies. Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings is the first monographic study to use an anthropological approach to examine the nature of the economic life behind the biblical text. Through Karl Polanyi’s paradigm of exchange as a methodological control, this book synthesizes Semitic philology with related fields of Levantine archaeology and modern ethnography. With this interdisciplinary frame, Nam articulates a social analysis of economic exchange, and stimulates new understandings of the biblical world.

Few people know this, but people often confuse me with Roger.

Go ye therefore and buy it!

really rick?? children with 2 parents are better economically than children with 1 parent, unless the parents are gay??

Former United States Senator Rick Santorum recently argued in Iowa City that economically speaking, children that are raised by 2-parent families have more economic opportunities than children raised by a single parent, unless the 2-parents are gay.

Santorum achieved the rare double-double of parenting politics by offending both single parents and gay parents in one speech. He apparently took the same statistics class as U.S. Senator from Arizona Jon Kyl.

Does Santorum really think that same-sex couples aren’t as economically viable as heterosexual couples? Economically? Being gay makes a difference economically??? If men are still statistically paid more than women for the same work, wouldn’t this statistically be an advantage for a child of a same-sex male couple?

Read the article here.

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