Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

“When Dreams Come True”: Jerusalem/Hierosolyma and Jewish Nationalism in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.

Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

Ingrid Hjelm [+-]
University of Copenhagen
Ingrid Hjelm is Associate Professor at the Department of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen. She is the 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). She is general editor of Copenhagen International Seminar Series.

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This article sketches Jerusalem’s status and development from the sixth century BCE to the Bar Kochba revolt and discusses argumentation for Jerusalem’s sovereignty in Jubilees, Eupolemus and 1 Maccabees. From the time of the Seleucid takeover Jewish authors fostered ideas of independence and dreams of ‘the twelve tribes’, and ‘the Promised land given to the fathers’. Literature of the 2nd century BCE elaborated on utopian visions of nationalism and greatness in Prophetic writings, and Jerusalem and its temple were made the most important symbols of national political independence. Jewish authors’ retelling of the past with interest in national, territorial, cultural and religious matters also implied ideas of cult centralization, which, during the expansion of Jewish borders, became disastrous for other Yahwist cult places.

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Hjelm, Ingrid. “When Dreams Come True”: Jerusalem/Hierosolyma and Jewish Nationalism in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.. Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 72-84 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781791271. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23750. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23750. Mar 2016

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