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

Where a Shattered Visage Lies? Warrants for Authority in Persian Yehud

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

Jason Silverman [+-]
University of Helsinki
Jason Silverman is a University Researcher in the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of Persepolis and Jerusalem (T&T Clark, 2012) and Persian Royal—Judaean Elite Engagements (T&T Clark, 2019).

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Much has been written on the development of “authoritative texts” in Persian Yehud, but there remains little consensus on what authority itself means or the relevant social structures in which it operated. This essay sketches a framework for analyzing authority and emphasizes the impact of the social structure of Yehud on authority with reference to the memory of Davidic kingship and the presence of Persian kingship. Since the evidence for social structure is currently inconclusive, the essay will outline several potential scenarios and explore how authority may have functioned in each instance.

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Silverman, Jason. Where a Shattered Visage Lies? Warrants for Authority in Persian Yehud. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 383-406 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41651. Date accessed: 29 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41651. Jun 2022

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