Preaching the Tradition: Homily and Hermeneutics after the Exile

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This book compares the addresses in the Books of Chronicles with similar material in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah and in the post-exilic prophets. Dr. Mason contends that there are many features of style, theme, and purpose in these latter books that closely echo features found in the addresses. The striking parallels suggest that the later material has been influenced by homiletical style and preaching practice in the second temple period. Mason shows how the careful reinterpretation of tradition kept faith alive for the post-exilic community in the most challenging circumstances.
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"...[a] challenging, insightful, and suggestive contribution toward the understanding of this formative, if obscure, period of Jewish history." Journal of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521044783
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The 'Addresses' in the Books of Chronicles: 1. Introduction to Part I; 2. The addresses in Chronicles; 3. Summary of the addresses; Part II. A Comparison of the Themes and Characteristics of the Addresses in the Books of Chronicles with Some Other Post-Exilic Biblical Material: 4. The 'speeches' in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah; 5. The book of Haggai; 6. Zechariah 1-8; 7. The Book of Malachi; 8. Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Index of modern authors; Subject index; Index of biblical references.

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