Max Weber's Ancient Judaism
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||Max Weber's Ancient Judaism|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1982|
|Journal||The American Journal of Sociology|
The paper examines Max Weber's Ancient Judaism, one of the least studied of Weber's works, and relates Ancietn Judaism to Weber's other writings, to its background in contemporary German scholarship, and to the question of the nature of Weber's historical sociology. Special emphasis is given to (1) Weber's analysis of the early Israelite tribal confederacy, (2) the role of the priesthood in ethical rationalization, and (3) the contribution of secular historiography (especially that of Eduard Meyer) as well as biblical studies to Weber's analysis.