Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination by Diana V. Edelman

Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and…

EditorDiana V. Edelman, Ehud Ben Zvi

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Social memory studies offer an under-utilised lens through which to approach the texts of the Hebrew Bible. In this volume, the range of associations and symbolic values evoked by twenty-one characters representing ancestors and founders, kings, female characters, and prophets are explored bya group of international scholars. The presumed social settings when most of the books comprising the TANAK had come into existence and were being read together as an emerging authoritative corpus are the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods. It is in this context then that we can profitablyexplore the symbolic values and networks of meanings that biblical figures encoded for the religious community of Israel in these eras, drawing on our limited knowledge of issues and life in Yehud and Judean diasporic communities in these periods. This is the first period when scholars can plausibly try to understand the mnemonic effects of these texts, which were understood to encode the collective experience members of the community, providing them with a common identity by offering a sense of shared past while defining aspirations for thefuture. The introduction and the concluding essay focus on theoretical and methodological issues that arise from analysing the Hebrew Bible in the framework of memory studies. The individual character studies, as a group, provide a kaleidoscopic view of the potentialities of using a social memoryapproach in Biblical Studies, with the essay on Cyrus written by a classicist, in order to provide an enriching perspective on how one biblical figure was construed in Greek social memory, for comparative purposes.

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Diana V. Edelman is an independent scholar based in the UK. Her work focuses on the history, archaeology, literature and social memory of the ancient Southern Levant, especially in the Iron Age and the Persian period. Ehud Ben Zvi is a Professor in History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He has authored or (co)-edited more ...
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Title:Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pagesPublished:September 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Diana V. Edelman: IntroductionI: Remembering Ancestors and Founders1. Ehud Ben Zvi: The Memory of Abraham in Late Persian/Early Hellenistic Yehud/Judah2. Raik Heckl: Remembering Jacob in the Late Persian/Early Hellenistic Era3. Thomas C. Romer: Moses, the Royal Lawgiver4. Philippe Guillaume: Exploring The Memory of Aaron in Late Persian/Early Hellenistic Period Yehud5. Axel Knauf: Remembering JoshuaII: Remembering Kings (Israelite and Foreigners)6. Philip R. Davies: Saul, Hero and Villain7. Diana V. Edelman: David in Israelite Social Memory8. Niels-Peter Lemche: Solomon as Cultural Memory9. Bob Becking: Between Realpolitiker and Hero of Faith: Memories on Hezekiah in Biblical Traditions and Beyond10. Russell Hobson: The Memory of Sennacherib in Late Persian Yehud11. Lowell Handy: Rehabilitating Manasseh: Remembering King Manasseh in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods12. Joseph Blenkinsopp: Remembering Josiah13. Jonathan Stokl: Nebuchadnezzar: History, Memory and Myth-Making in the Persian Period14. Carol Newsom: Now You See Him, Now You Don t: Nabonidus in Jewish Memory15. Lynette Mitchell: Remembering Cyrus the Persian: Exploring Monarchy and Freedom in Classical GreeceIII: Remembering Female Characters16. Yairah Amit: Tamar, from Victim to Mother of a Dynasty17. Athalya Brenner: Ruth: The Art of Memorising Past Enemies, Ambiguously18. Why Remember JezebelaIV: Remembering Prophets19. Ehud Ben Zvi: Exploring the Memory of Moses 'The Prophet' In Late Persian/Early Hellenistic Yehud/Judah20. Isaiah a Memorable Prophet: Why Was Isaiah so Memorable in the Late Persian/Early Hellenistic Periodsa Some Observations21. Mark Leuchter: Remembering Jeremiah in the Persian Period22. Christophe Nihan: The Memory of Ezekiel in Postmonarchic YehudV: Additional and Complementary Methodological Considerations23. David H. Aaron: Reflections on a Cognitive Theory of Culture and a Theory of Formalised Language for Late Biblical Studies