Clinton Bailey – Bedouin Culture in the Bible
Episode: Dru Johnson talks with Clinton Bailey about how he ended up living with Bedouins in the Negev, their law, gender practices, and poetry. His most recent book, Bedouin Culture in the Bible (Yale University Press, 2019), examines and explains practices, poetry, and laws from the Hebrew Bible’s own bedouin roots (according to the stories of Genesis).
Guest: Dr. Clinton Bailey is a leading authority on Bedouin culture, and has done fieldwork in Sinai and the Negev for the past 50 years. His B.A. is from the Hebrew University; his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and made Aliya to Israel in 1958. In 1994, he was awarded the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award for his efforts to obtain civil rights for Bedouin in Israel. His books include such titles as:
- Bedouin Poetry(Oxford University Press, 1991)
- A Culture of Desert Survival: Bedouin Proverbs (Yale University Press, 2004)
- Bedouin Law (Yale University Press, 2010)
- Bedouin Culture in the Bible (Yale University Press, 2018)
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