Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

At the Hands of Foreign Kings: Divine Endorsement of Foreign Rulers in the Hebrew Bible in the Memory of Persian and Hellenistic Yehud

Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE - Diana V. Edelman

Thomas Bolin [+-]
St. Norbert College
Thomas M. Bolin is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. He works in the areas of ancient Israelite history and wisdom literature.

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Biblical texts from the Persian and Hellenistic periods view Yahweh's attitude toward foreign kings to be, on the one hand, a continuation of pre-exilic texts' portrayal of these kings as tools used by Yahweh to punish the disobedient Israelites and Judeans. Social memories also shape traditions to remove any ambiguity about the role of Yahweh in Israel's dealing with foreign kings. So the death of Josiah in 2 Chronicles is expanded to resolve the ambiguity of his death at the hands of Necho in 2 Kings, At the same time, post-exilic texts use traditional fol tale types to portray foreign kings as pawns of Yahweh, most notably in the depiction of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel.

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Bolin, Thomas. At the Hands of Foreign Kings: Divine Endorsement of Foreign Rulers in the Hebrew Bible in the Memory of Persian and Hellenistic Yehud. Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 127-145 Dec 2016. ISBN 9781781792698. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26811. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26811. Dec 2016

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