Myths of Exile : History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible
Myths of Exile challenges the traditional understanding of 'the Exile' as a monolithic historical reality and instead provides a critical and comparative assessment of motifs of estrangement and belonging in the Hebrew Bible and related literature. Using selected texts as case studies, this book demonstrates how tales of exile and return can be described as a common formative narrative in the literature of the ancient Near East, a narrative that has been interpreted and used in various ways depending on the needs and cultural contexts of the interpreting community. Myths of Exile is a critical study which forms the basis for a fresh understanding of these exile myths as identity-building literary phenomena.
- Hardback | 174 pages
- 156 x 236 x 16mm | 419.99g
- 01 Jul 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 6 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
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Table of contents
Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme and Ingrid Hjelm
Part I: Creating Exilic Identities
1. Exile as the Great Divide: Would There be an `Ancient Israel' without an Exile?
Niels Peter Lemche
2. God Leading His People: Exodus' Longue Duree
3. Exile and Return and the Closure of the Samaritan and Jewish Canons
4. Constructions of Exile in the Persian Period
5. Exile as Pilgrimage?
6. Psalm 137: Exile as Hell!
Niels Peter Lemche
Part II: Motifs of Exile and Return
7. Sheep without a Shepherd. Genesis' Discourse on Justice and Reconciliation as Exile's Raison d'Etre
Thomas L. Thompson
8. Idol-Taunt and Exilic Identity: A Dalit Reading of Isa 44:9-20
Dominic S.ã Irudayaraj
9. Exile and Emergent Monotheism: Learning Loyalty from Jeremiah 42-44
10. The Return from Exile in Ezra-Nehemiah
About Anne Katrine Gudme
Dominic S. Irudayaraj holds graduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Computers. He taught at Herat University, Afghanistan and at Andhra Loyola College, India. He is currently a doctoral student at Jesuit School of Theology of SCU, CA.
Ingrid Hjelm,ã Associate Professor, Department of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen. Author of Jerusalem's Rise to Sovereignty: Zion and Gerizim in Competition (T&T Clark International, 2004) and The Samaritans and Early Judaism. A Literary Analysis (Sheffield Academic Press, 2000).
Niels Peter Lemche, Professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen 1987-2013. Founding member of the "Copenhagen School". His work has concentrated on Israelite history, and more recently on the Old Testament as a Hellenistic book.
Roberto Piani, Biblical and Theological Adviser, Catholic Church in Bremen, Germany. Licentiate (2009) in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy. Contributor to the journal Aggiornamenti Sociali, Milan, Italy.
Fabio Porzia, Master in Old Testament Exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (Italy), currently a PhD student at the University of Toulouse - Jean Jaures (France) and the University of Florence (Italy), working on the development of the Jewish identity during the first millennium BCE.
Cian Power is a doctoral student at Harvard University's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Cian's dissertation examines the attitudes of the authors of the Hebrew Bible towards language and languages.
Thomas L. Thompson is Professor Emereritus from the University of Copenhagen. He is the author ofã The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives (1974); The Bible in History (1999); The Messiah Myth (2005); Biblical Narrative and Palestine's History (2013).ã