Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period

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  • Copyright: 2014-11-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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This volume sheds light on how particular constructions of the 'Other'contributed to an ongoing process of defining what 'Israel' or an 'Israelite'was or was supposed to be in literature taken to be authoritative in the latePersian and Early Hellenistic periods. It asks, who is an insider and who anoutsider? Are boundaries permeable? Are there different ideas expressed withinindividual books? What about constructions of the (partial) 'Other' frominside, e.g., women, people whose body did not fit social constructions ofnormalness? It includes chapters dealing with theoretical issues and casestudies, and addresses similar issues from the perspective of groups in thelate Second Temple period so as to shed light on processes of continuity anddiscontinuity on these matters. Preliminary forms of five of the contributions werepresented in Thessaloniki in 2011 in the research programme, 'Production andReception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Period,' at theAnnual Meeting of European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS).

Author Biography

Ehud Ben Zvi is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Diana V. Edelman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction- Ehud Ben Zvi/2. Categorical Identities. 'Ethnified Otherness and Sameness' - a Tool for understanding Boundary Negotiation in the Pentateuch? - Kåre Berge/3.Natives and Immigrants in the Social Imagination of the Holiness School - MarkBrett/4. Gender and Identity in the Book of Numbers - Claudia V. Camp/5. Womenon the Edge - Carey Walsh/6. Disability, Identity, and Otherness in Post-ExilicIsraelite Thought - Rebecca Raphael/7. Sex, Lies and Scrolls. The Invention ofCanaan in the Persian Period - Axel Knauf/8. Imagined Community, ForgottenSpaces: The Others in the Report of Josiah's Reform (2 Kings 23) - TerjeStordalen/9. Jonah and the Other: a Discourse on Interpretative Competence - SusanneGillmayr-Bucher/10. Ruth, A Born-Again Israelite? One Woman's Journey ThroughSpace and Time - Anne-Mareike Wetter/11. Overcoming Otherness in the Book of Ruth - RobertL. Cohn/12. The Elusive Role of the Other in the Book of Esther - Orit Avnery/13.The Other in Ezra-Nehemiah - Tamara C. Ezkenazi/14. YHWH's 'Othering' of Israel- Diana V. Edelman/15. Phinehas and the 'other' Priests in Ben Sira and 1Maccabees - Tobias Funke/16. Otherized Bodies and Self Israelite Identity: AQumranic Perspective? - Anke Dorman/17. Israelitization of the Other,Otherization of Judah/Israel and Matters of Social Memory - Ehud Ben Zvi/18. TheOther: Sociological Perspectives in a Post-colonial Age - David Chalcraft

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