1. The Complexity of a Site: “Edom” in Persian Period from the Perspectives of Historical Research, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

About Edom and Idumea in the Persian Period - Recent Research and Approaches from Archaeology, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near East Studies - Benedikt Hensel

Benedikt Hensel [+-]
University of Zurich
Benedikt Hensel is since 2017 conducting research at the University of Zurich, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism at the Faculty of Theology. He holds a PhD (2011) and habilitation (2016) in Hebrew Bible Studies and Archaeology from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz/Germany. From 2020–2021 he was Visiting Interim Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, University of Zurich; 2019–2020: Guest Professor at the University of Mainz. He is specialized in the Religious History and Literary History Israel and Archaeology; his main fields of work are related to the Persian and early Hellenistic periods as well as to the Neo-Assyrian period. Archaeological Fieldwork in Jerusalem and Jordan. Visiting scholar at the Universities of Haifa (2015), Tel Aviv (2018) and Montpelier (2018).

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The opening essay in this section is my own contribution, entitled “The Complexity of a Site: ‘Edom’ in the Persian Period from the Perspectives of Historical Research, Hebrew Bible Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.” It introduces the current state of research on Edom in the Persian period and outlines the open questions, desiderata, and issues for future research. The essay is meant to serve as an orientation into this complex and problematic situation, particularly the intersections of historical studies, archaeology, and cultural, religious, and literary histories. Consequently, it is imperative that perspectives from historical research, Hebrew Bible studies, and ancient Near Eastern studies are brought into dialogue with each other. Therefore, the essay concerns itself with the various (and partially divergent) results, inquiries, and sectors of future research from the different disciplines on the question of Persian-period Edom, and it seeks to bring these together so as to develop the larger historical, literary-historical, and religious-historical picture that the field desperately needs. At the same time, the essay serves to profile the task of the whole volume in fuller detail – the book strives to be an entry into the topic that is as comprehensive as possible, both in terms of topics and approaches.

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Hensel, Benedikt. 1. The Complexity of a Site: “Edom” in Persian Period from the Perspectives of Historical Research, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. About Edom and Idumea in the Persian Period - Recent Research and Approaches from Archaeology, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near East Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. May 2022. ISBN 9781800501331. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42818. Date accessed: 27 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42818. May 2022

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