Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B. C. E

Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B. C. E

by Rainer Albertz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589830555

ISBN-13: 9781589830554

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature

About half of the material in the Hebrew Bible came into being or was substantially shaped during the exilic period, says Albertz (Old Testament, U. of Münster, Germany), and so the kernel of his study discusses the literature of that period. He first examines the major literary genres, then looks in detail at documents that can be assigned to this period with

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About half of the material in the Hebrew Bible came into being or was substantially shaped during the exilic period, says Albertz (Old Testament, U. of Münster, Germany), and so the kernel of his study discusses the literature of that period. He first examines the major literary genres, then looks in detail at documents that can be assigned to this period with reasonable assurance. Other sections cover the biblical picture, the history, and some theological contributions of the period. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the book and distributes the paperbound edition (1-58983-055-5); Brill distributes the clothbound edition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589830554
Publisher:
Society of Biblical Literature
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Biblical Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Sales rank:
1,056,976
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Preface to the English Editionxi
Abbreviationsxv
Chronological Tablexxi
Map of the Ancient Near Eastxxii
Introduction1
I.The Biblical Picture of the Exilic Era3
I.1.The Exile As a Historical Lacuna3
I.2.Conceptions of the Exile4
I.2.1.The Exile As a Lost Opportunity (Jeremiah 39-43)4
I.2.2.The Exile As the (Temporary) End of History (2 Kings)8
I.2.3.The Exile As a Sabbath for the Land (2 Chronicles)12
I.2.4.Narrative Additions15
I.2.4.1.The Stories of Daniel (Daniel 1-6)16
I.2.4.2.The Stories of Susanna and Bel and the Dragon22
I.2.4.3.The Story of the Three Youths (1 Esdras 3:1-5:6)28
I.2.4.4.Tobit29
I.2.4.5.Judith34
I.2.5.Integration of the Exile into Apocalyptic Conceptions of History38
II.The History of the Exilic Era45
II.1.The Neo-Babylonian Empire45
II.1.1.Sources46
II.1.2.The Rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire47
II.1.3.The Golden Age of Nebuchadnezzar52
II.1.4.Destabilization, Restoration, and End60
II.2.Israel in the Exilic Period70
II.2.1.Sources72
II.2.2.Principles of Historical Reconstruction74
II.2.2.1.Number of Deportations74
II.2.2.2.Dates of the Deportations76
II.2.2.3.Numbers Deported81
II.2.3.Judah in the Exilic Period90
II.2.4.The Egyptian Golah96
II.2.5.The Babylonian Golah98
II.3.The Thwarted Restoration112
II.3.1.The Persian Empire from Cyrus to Darius I113
II.3.2.Return and Rebuilding of the Temple119
II.4.Social Displacements and Their Religious Consequences132
III.The Literature of the Exilic Period139
III.1.Genres of Exilic Literature139
III.1.1.Communal Lament and City Lament140
III.1.2.Hybrid Genres160
III.1.3.Salvation Oracles166
III.1.4.Oracles against the Nations179
III.1.5."Sermons"197
III.2.Exilic Literary Works203
III.2.1.The Book of the Four Prophets (Hosea, Amos, Micah, Zephaniah)204
III.2.1.1.Micah211
III.2.1.2.Zephaniah216
III.2.1.3.Amos224
III.2.1.4.Hosea230
III.2.2.The Book of Habakkuk237
III.2.3.The Exilic Patriarchal History246
III.2.3.1.The First Edition of the Exilic Patriarchal History257
III.2.3.2.The Second Edition of the Exilic Patriarchal History264
III.2.4.The Deuteronomistic History271
III.2.5.The Book of Jeremiah302
III.2.5.1.The Deuteronomistic Books of Jeremiah312
III.2.5.2.The First Deuteronomistic Book of Jeremiah327
III.2.5.3.The Second Deuteronomistic Book of Jeremiah332
III.2.5.4.The Third Deuteronomistic Book of Jeremiah339
III.2.6.The Book of Ezekiel345
III.2.7.The Book of Deutero-Isaiah376
III.2.7.1.The First Edition of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah: Reconstruction393
III.2.7.2.The First Edition of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah: Place and Date399
III.2.7.3.The First Edition of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah: Interpretation404
III.2.7.4.Appendix: Fourth Servant Song (Isa 52:13-53:12)425
III.2.7.5.The Second Edition of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah427
IV.Theological Contribution435
IV.1.Theological Appropriation of a Calamitous History436
IV.2.Theological Interpretation of History439
IV.3.Foiling Imperial Theology441
IV.4.God's Glory and Separation of Powers443
Primary Sources Index447
General Index457

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