‘The Land is Mine’: On Leviticus 25:23, between left and right

A new piece on another shibboleth between the religious left and the religious right: Leviticus 25:23 and ‘the land is mine’. It is over at Political Theology.

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2 thoughts on “‘The Land is Mine’: On Leviticus 25:23, between left and right

  1. Hi, Roland,
    I enjoyed your analysis. You begin with the statement, “labour was consistently in short supply in the ancient Near East, while land was plentiful.” Can you help me with what evidence is available for this? It seems like a reasonable conjecture, but I cannot get past the conjecture.

    Thanks,

    Ron

    1. It’s drawn from my sacred economy study. The direct evidence is thin on the ground – as with most economic evidence for the ANE. So we need to extrapolate from: population estimates in relation to arable land; the constant push to find labourers for the palatine estates in the 3rd-2nd millennium; patterns of indenture for such labourers; deportations; the ease with which people left the land, especially village-communes under tax pressure (since land was available elsewhere); the viability of Hapiru and suchlike.

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