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

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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
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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: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition
Chronological Table
Map of the Ancient Near East
Introduction 1
I The Biblical Picture of the Exilic Era 3
I.1 The Exile As a Historical Lacuna 3
I.2 Conceptions of the Exile 4
II The History of the Exilic Era 45
II.1 The Neo-Babylonian Empire 45
II.2 Israel in the Exilic Period 70
II.3 The Thwarted Restoration 112
II.4 Social Displacements and Their Religious Consequences 132
III The Literature of the Exilic Period 139
III.1 Genres of Exilic Literature 139
III.2 Exilic Literary Works 203
IV Theological Contribution 435
IV.1 Theological Appropriation of a Calamitous History 436
IV.2 Theological Interpretation of History 439
IV.3 Foiling Imperial Theology 441
IV.4 God's Glory and Separation of Powers 443
Primary Sources Index 447
General Index 457
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