Philippe Guillaume’s Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible (Equinox, 2012) is one of the most curious books that I have read for some time. It is best described as a box of items found at the back of a flea market. Picking the box up, you never know quite what you will find. It may have a few gems; it may have some real junk. And all of them are thrown together in a way that belies any clear organisation. More soon, but one of the gems must be:

Although it is moving around the planet’s axis at an impressive speed, land tends to be classified as immovable property (p. 20).

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