A Biblical Theology of Exile (Overtures to Biblical by Daniel Smith-Christopher

By Daniel Smith-Christopher

The Christian church keeps to hunt moral and religious versions from the interval of Israel's monarchy and has shunned the gravity of the Babylonian exile. in contrast culture, the writer argues that the interval of concentration for the canonical building of biblical suggestion is exactly the exile. the following the voices of dissent arose and articulated phrases of fact within the context of failed strength.

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Diaspora studies would suggest otherwise: In a world of diaspora, transnational culture flows, and mass movements of populations, old-fashioned attempts to m a p the globe as a set of culture regions or homelands are bewildered by a dazzling array of postcolonial simulacra, doublings and redoublings, as India and Pakistan seem to reappear in postcolonial simulation in London, prerevolution Teheran rises f r o m the ashes in Los Angeles, and a thousand similar cultural dramas are played out in urban and rural settings all across the globe.

Among the more vocal responses to this line of investigation is William G. Devers polemical work, What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001). 24. The work that set off the discussion was Frei and Koch, Reichsidee und Reichsorganisation, but is helpfully summarized and critically reviewed in English in James W. , Persia and Torah: The Theory of Imperial Authorization of the Pentateuch, SBLSymS 17 (Atlanta: SBL, 2001). 25. Gary N. " in Persia and Torah, ed.

The wars of conquest described in Nm 21, 25, and 31 could have raised some perplexities in Persian minds. And what could or would the Persian authorities have said when reading texts such as Dt. " 60 Certainly Ezra's (or whoever's) prayer of Nehemiah 9 does not sound like the words of a loyal Persian subject representing Persian interests when he says: "Here we are, slaves to this day—slaves in the land that you gave to our ancestors to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts. Its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins; they have power also over our bodies and over our livestock at their pleasure, and we are in great distress" (9:36-37).

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