From Babylon to Eternity: The Exile Remembered and Constructed in Text and Tradition

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-08
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Generally, readers have a negative idea of the Exile. Psalm 137 has fuelled the idea that this was a time of sorrow and despair. This image of the Exile influenced, for instance, Luther's ideas on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. The four essays in this volume deconstruct and reconstruct this image. Bob Becking tries to recreate a history of the exile. On the basis of the available evidence, this could be no more than a fragmented history, nevertheless showing that the fate of the exiles was not as bad as often supposed. Anne Mareike Wetter reveals that the biblical image of exile is multi facetted. She shows how a tradition of a people tied to their God-given land was challenged by the reality of foreign occupation. And how that people eventually succeeded in translating this experience, appropriating them through a transformation into a counter-tradition that enabled them to cope with the new situation, without breaking entirely with their cultural and religious heritage. Jewish ideas on Exile are discussed by Wilfred van der Poll. He concentrates on the use of the concept of galut, which refers to the paradigmatic and identity-shaping function of the dispersion of the people of Israel and showed that the exile in Jewish thinking had become a permanent reality up until the present day. From the perspective of intertextual reading, Alex Cannegieter discusses four texts of varying ages and background - Augustine, Petrarch, Luther, and a Dutch sermon held after the end of the Second World War. She explores the ways authors chose biblical texts to appropriate them a new context, thereby changing the meaning of the new, as well as the source texts.

Author Biography

Bob Becking Studied Theology and Semitic Languages at Utrecht University. After ten years of parish ministry, he returned to his alma mater, where he was appointed Ordinary Professor of Old Testament Study in 1991. Since 2008 he has been a Senior Research Professor for Bible, Religion and Identity at Utrecht University. Alex Cannegieter read Classical Archaeology at the University of Leiden. Since 2001 she has studied Theology at the University of Utrecht, and has completed a Master's Degree in Theology. Wilfred van de Poll began his theological education in Leuven, Belgium. He has completed a Research Master in Theology at Utrecht University, in the field of Old Testament Studies. Anne-Mareike Watter has a Master's Degree in Theology from Utrecht University. She specializes in Old Testament and Gender Studies and is working on a PhD-project on gender, ethnicity and religion in post-exilic literature.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
In Babylon: The Exile in Historical (Re)constructionp. 4
Balancing the Scales: The Construction of the Exile as Countertradition in the Biblep. 34
The Exile of God: The Galut in Jewish Constructionp. 57
From Babylon to Eternity: Appropriation of the Babylon-Motif in Christian Homiletical Constructionsp. 72
Bibliographyp. 104
Source Indexp. 110
Author Indexp. 113
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