Yahwism After the Exile: Perspectives on Israelite Religion in the Persian Era

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Rainer Albertz, Bob Becking
Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2003 - History - 300 pages
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STAR - Studies in Theology and Religion, 5 Papers Read at the First Meeting of the European Association for Biblical Studies, Utrecht, 6-9 August 2000 The Persian era in Ancient Israel's history is an intriguing period. The time span between Cyrus the Great and Alexander the Great was a theatre of shifts and changes. These changes are observable in daily life, in the organisation of society as well as in various religious phenomena. The essays in this volume originate from a seminar about developments and movements in the religion of Israel after the Exile, which was part of the first meeting of the European Association for Biblical Studies (Utrecht, 2000). The essays deal with questions like: How did religion help inhabitants of Yehud to cope with the new reality? How did this new reality influence the (re)formulation of Yahwism? What was the character of the existing Yahwism that was reformulated? Rainer Albertz (PhD Heidelberg, 1972; Habilitation Heidelberg, 1977) is ordinary Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Munster (Westfalen, Germany). His most recent book is: Die Exilszeit 6. Jahrhundert v. Chr. (Biblische Enzyklopadie 7), Stuttgart 2001. Bob Becking (PhD Utrecht, 1985) is ordinary Professor of Old Testament studies at Utrecht University. He was co-editor of the Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, Leiden 1995; 21998. From the contents Rainer Albertz & Bob Becking, Problems and Possibilities: Perspectives on Postexilic Yahwism Rainer Albertz, The Thwarted Restoration Bob Becking, Law as Expression of Religion (Ezra 7-10) Ehud Ben Zvi, What is New in Yehud? Some Considerations Mark J. Boda, Zechariah: Master Mason or Penitential Prophet? MeindertDijkstra, The Law of Moses: the Memory of Mosaic Religion in and after the Exile William Johnstone, The Revision of Festivals in Exodus 1-24 in the Persian Period and the Preservation of Jewish Identity in the Diaspora Antje Labahn, Antitheocratic Tendencies in Chronicles Herbert Niehr, The Changed Status of the Dead in Yehud Thomas Pola, Form and Meaning in Zechariah 3 Wolter Rose, Messianic Expectations in the Early Postexilic Period Rudiger Schmitt, Gab es einen Bildersturm nach dem Exil? - Einige Bemerkungen zur Verwendung von Terrakottafigurinen im nachexilischen Israel Zipora Talshir, Synchronic Approaches with Diachronic Consequences in the Study of Parallel Redactions: First Esdras and 2 Chr 35-36; Ezra 1-10; Neh 8 David S. Vanderhooft, New Evidence Pertaining to the Transition from Neo-Babylonian to Achaemenid Administration in Palestine
  

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Contents

RAINER ALBERTZ The Thwarted Restoration
1
BOB BECKING Law as Expression of Religion Ezra 710
7
EHUD BEN ZVI What is New in Yehud? Some Considerations
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Master Mason or Penitential
49
the Memory
70
WILLIAM JOHNSTONE The Revision of Festivals in Exodus
99
ANTJE LABAHN Antitheocratic Tendencies in Chronicles
115
HERBERT NIEHR The Changed Status of the Dead in Yehud
136
THOMAS POLA Form and Meaning in Zechariah 3
156
WOLTER ROSE Messianic Expectations in the Early
168
RUDIGER SCHMITT Gab es einen Bildersturm nach
186
ZlPORA TALSHIR Synchronic Approaches with Diachronic
199
DAVID S VANDERHOOFT New Evidence Pertaining to
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
237
Index of Authors
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Rainer Albertz is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Munster in Germany.

Bob Becking is Professor for Old Testament Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

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