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Judaism in Persia's Shadow A Social and Historical Approach

ISBN-10: 1592443087
ISBN-13: 9781592443086
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jon L. Berquist
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Description: "This lively account of the influence of Persian history on the Hebrew Scriptures, and the people whose faith they express, places the emphasis exactly where it belongs. . . . this {is a} clear introduction . . . to the period, the time when a  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 8/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"This lively account of the influence of Persian history on the Hebrew Scriptures, and the people whose faith they express, places the emphasis exactly where it belongs. . . . this {is a} clear introduction . . . to the period, the time when a surprising amount of the Bible was written, but also to the issues of method that any serious study of the Bible must address".--Robert B. Coote, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Jon L. Berquist is the author and editor of several books, including Strike Terror No More and Incarnation, from Chalice Press.

Preface
Abbreviations
Perspectives on the Postexilic Period
Setting the Stage: Exile and Diaspora
Conquering Babylonia and the West: Cyrus (539-530 B.C.E.)
Stability and Stagnation: Cambyses (530-522 B.C.E.)
Enforcing Imperial Rule: Darius (522-486 B.C.E.)
The Emergence of Pluralism: Xerxes (486-465 B.C.E.)
Increasing Western Autonomy: Artaxerxes I (465-423 B.C.E.)
Stability and Pluralism: The Late Persian Period (423-333 B.C.E.)
Governors and the Law: Political and Social Maintenance
The Priesthood's Capture of Religion: Religious Maintenance
Sages and Wisdom: Intellectual Maintenance and Social Symbolism
Apocalyptic Visions: Rhetoric of Violent Opposition
Songs of Joy and Pain: Popular Images of a Different World
Wisdom as Dissent: Undermining Society's Assumptions
Stories of the Larger World: Imagining Other Lives
The Effects of the Persian Period
Appendix. Methods for Studying Postexilic Society
Bibliography: Texts from the Postexilic Period
Bibliography: The History of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid Period
Bibliography: Sociological Methodology
Subject and Name Index
Scripture Index

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