Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Communities, Settlements

My veteran readers (I am approaching the end of my first decade blogging) know that I do not use the term "settlements" to describe Jewish residency locations.  They are "communities".  They are Jewish revenant communities.

You do not like "communities"?  The use cities, villages, neighborhoods, kibbutzim, moshavim, agricultural-based villages, etc.  But not hamlets, as it doesn't sound kosher.

So what do I find?

This, from the book, Complex Communities: The Archaeology of Early Iron Age West-Central Jordan:-

Complex Communities explores how sedentary settlements developed and flourished in the Middle East during the Early Iron Age nearly four thousand years ago. Using archaeological evidence, Benjamin Porter reconstructs how residents maintained their communities despite environmental uncertainties. Living in a semi-arid area in the present-day country of Jordan, villagers faced a harsh and unpredictable ecosystem....Settlements developed what archaeologists call "communal complexity," a condition through which small-scale societies shift between egalitarian and hierarchical arrangements. Complex Communities provides detailed, scientifically grounded reconstructions of how this communal complexity functioned in the region.

These settlements emerged during a period of recovery following the political and economic collapse of Bronze Age Mediterranean societies. Scholars have characterized west-central Jordan's political organization during this time as an incipient Moabite state...

The use of "communities" is the obvious.

But notice that the area is "Jordan".

Anti-Zionists among archaeologists and academia in general still insist the area west of the Jordan River is Palestine, not Israel.  Jordan, which never ever existed until 1946 (until then it was the Emirate of TransJordan), all of a sudden becomes a Moabit state with ancient history.


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