Ezra and the Second Wilderness by Philip Y. YooEzra and the Second Wilderness by Philip Y. Yoo

Ezra and the Second Wilderness

byPhilip Y. Yoo

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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Ezra and the Second Wilderness addresses the relationship between Ezra, the Ezra Memoir, and the Pentateuch. Tracing the growth of the Ezra Memoir and its incorporation into Ezra-Nehemiah, Philip Y. Yoo discusses the literary strategies utilized by some of the composers and redactors operatingin the post-exilic period. After the strata in Ezra 7-10 and Nehemiah 8-10 are identified, what emerges as the base Ezra Memoir is a coherent account of Ezra's leadership of the exiles from Babylon over the course of a single year, one that is intricately modelled on the multiple presentations ofMoses and the Israelite wilderness preserved in the Pentateuch. Through discussion of the detected influences, allusions, and omissions between the Pentateuch and the Ezra Memoir, Yoo shows that the Ezra Memoir demonstrates a close understanding of its source materials and received traditions as itconstructs the Babylonian returnees as the inheritors of torah and, in turn, the true and unparalleled successors of the Israelite cult.This study presents the Ezra Memoir as a sophisticated example of "biblical" interpretation in the Second Temple period. It also suggests that the Ezra Memoir has access to the Pentateuch in only its constituent parts. Acknowledging not only the antiquity but also efficacy of its prototypes, theEzra Memoir employs a variety of hermeneutical strategies in order to harmonize the competing claims of its authoritative sources. In closing the temporal gap between these sources and its own contemporary time, the Ezra Memoir grants authority to the utopic past yet also projects its own vision forthe proper worship of Israel's deity.
Philip Y. Yoo is a Sessional Lecturer in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto and Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
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Title:Ezra and the Second WildernessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198791429

ISBN - 13:9780198791423

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AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Ezra and the Pentateuch2. Reshaping Narrative and Law3. From Babylon to Jerusalem4. The Second Proclamation of God's Law5. A New Legal Crisis: The Foreigners and the Mixed Marriages6. Ezra, the Returnees, and the CultAppendix: The Literary Development of EMBibliography