Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach by Katherine E. Southwood

Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach

byKatherine E. Southwood

Hardcover | April 29, 2012

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This book aims to bring a new way of understanding Ezra 9-10, which has become known as an intermarriage 'crisis', to the table. A number of issues, such as ethnicity, religious identity, purity, land, kinship, and migration, orbit around the central problem of intermarriage. These issuesare explored in terms of their modern treatment within anthropology, and this information is used to generate a more informed, sophisticated, understanding of the chapters within Ezra itself. The intermarriage crisis in Ezra is pivotal for our understanding of the postexilic community. As the evidence from anthropology suggests, the social consciousness of ethnic identity and resistance to the idea of intermarriage which emerges from the text point to a deeper set of problems andconcerns, most significantly, relating to the complexities of return-migration. In this study Katherine E. Southwood argues that the sense of identity which Ezra 9-10 presents is best understood by placing it within the larger context of a return migration community who seek to establish exilic boundaries when previous familiar structures of existence have been renderedobsolete by decades of existence outside the land. The complex view of ethnicity presented through the text may, therefore, reflect the ongoing ideology of a returning separatist group. The textualization of this group's tenets for Israelite identity, and for scriptural exegesis, facilitated itsperpetuation by preserving a charged nexus of ideas around which the ethnic and religious identities of later communities could orbit. The multifaceted effects of return-migration may have given rise to an increased focus on ethnicity through ethnicity being realized in exile but only really beingcrystallized in the homeland.

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Dr Katherine E. Southwood is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Mary's University College in Twickenham and Kennicott Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford.

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Title:Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:310 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199644349

ISBN - 13:9780199644346

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Methods2. Ethnicity3. Ezra4. Ethnicity in Ezra 9-105. Hybridity and Intermarriage6. Hybridity and Return Migration7. ConclusionsBibliography