The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott


The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott [+-]
Baylor University
Cynthia Shafer-Elliott Is Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University.
Kristin Joachimsen [+-]
Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
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Kristin Joachimsen is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, MF- Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. She is the author of Identities in Transition: The Pursuit of Isa. 52:13-53:12 (Brill, 2011). Her current project is on perceptions and receptions of Persia in the Hebrew Bible and in biblical scholarship.
Ehud Ben Zvi [+-]
University of Alberta
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Ehud Ben Zvi is a Professor Emeritus in the department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He has written extensively on Social Memory in Ancient Israel and the latter's past-shaping texts, esp. prophetic literature, ‘historical’ books and particularly Chronicles. For list of publications see
Pauline A. Viviano [+-]
Loyola University Chicago
Pauline A. Viviano is an Associate Professor Emerita of Theology at Loyola University Chicago where she taught for thirty-five years. She holds a Masters in Philosophy and a doctorate in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. Besides articles in academic and popular journals, she has written popular commentaries on the Books of Genesis in the Collegeville Bible Commentary series (1984) and more recently on the Books of Jeremiah and Baruch for the New Collegeville Commentary series (2013) and a commentary on the Book of Joshua for the Paulist Press Biblical Commentary (2018).


This volume honoring Diana V. Edelman focuses on a pervasive topic of her prolific scholarship, namely her pursuit of the history of ancient Israel. She has contributed to Southern Levantine history, archaeology, and culture within the larger framework of the ancient Near East. She has added much to our knowledge of emerging forms of Judaisms in the Persian and Hellenistic periods as well as strategies for re-conceptualizing the divine in the biblical texts. In particular, she has addressed different “sites of memory” (cf. Pierre Nora’s concept lieux de mémoire), which includes, for instance, geography/space, buildings, monuments, religious texts, people/figures, and events. The purpose of these sites of memory is to bring up images that stimulate collective remembrance of the past and offer directions for the future. Diana has argued that characters, places, objects, and the like mentioned in the Hebrew Bible represent such “sites of memory” and that they together form a network of sites of memories, what she has called “the memory landscape” of ancient Israel (2013). In this network, some are emphasized more than others, so as to play a more prominent role and thus becoming a “core central site of memory” (e.g., Abraham, Moses, David). Not only do these characters have much narrative content about their lives, but they are also mentioned as key figures, serving as central and symbolic figures in the community, aiding it in their understanding of its shared past, its current condition, as well as defining aspirations for the future.

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Shafer-Elliott, Cynthia; Joachimsen, Kristin ; Ben Zvi, Ehud; Viviano, Pauline . Introduction. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-9 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800500228. Date accessed: 21 May 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41633. Jun 2022

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