Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)
By: Diana Vikander Edelman (editor), Ehud Ben Zvi (editor)Paperback
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This volume sheds light on how particular constructions of the 'Other' contributed to an ongoing process of defining what 'Israel' or an 'Israelite' was, or was supposed to be in literature taken to be authoritative in the late Persian and Early Hellenistic periods. It asks, who is an insider and who an outsider? Are boundaries permeable? Are there different ideas expressed within individual books? What about constructions of the (partial) 'Other' from inside, e.g., women, people whose body did not fit social constructions of normalness? It includes chapters dealing with theoretical issues and case studies, and addresses similar issues from the perspective of groups in the late Second Temple period so as to shed light on processes of continuity and discontinuity on these matters. Preliminary forms of five of the contributions were presented in Thessaloniki in 2011 in the research programme, 'Production and Reception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Period,' at the Annual Meeting of European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS).
Ehud Ben Zvi is Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, Canada. Diana V. Edelman is Research Associate, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Abbreviations Diana V. Edelman Introduction Jeremiah W. Cataldo 1. The Other: Sociological Perspectives in a Post-Colonial Age Ehud Ben Zvi 2. 'Othering, Selfing, 'Boundarying' and 'Crossing-Boundarying' as Interwoven with Socially Shared Memories: Some Observations Diana V. Edelman 3. YHWH's Othering of Israel Kare Berge 4. Categorical Identities: 'Ethnified Otherness and Sameness'-A Tool for Understanding Boundary Negotiation in the Pentateuch? Mark G. Brett 5. Natives and Immigrants in the Social Imagination of the Holiness School Claudia V. Camp 6. Gender and Identity in the Book of Numbers Carey Walsh 7. Women on the Edge Anne-Mareike Wetter 8. Ruth-A Born-Again Israelite? One Woman's Journey through Space and Time Robert L. Cohn 9. Overcoming Otherness in the Book of Ruth Terje Stordalen 10. Imagined and Forgotten Communities: Othering in the Story of Josiah's Reform (2 Kings 23) Suzanne Gilmayr-Bucher 11. Jonah and the Other: A Discourse on Interpretative Competence Jean-Daniel Macchi 12. Denial, Deception or Force: How to Deal with Powerful Others in the Book of Esther Tamara Cohn Eskenazi 13. Imagining the Other in the Construction of Judahite Identity in Ezra-Nehemiah Tobias Funke 14. Phinehas and the Other Priests in Ben Sira and 1 Maccabees Rebecca Raphael 15. Disability, Identity, and Otherness in Persian Period Israelite Thought Anke Dorman 16. The Other Others-A Qumran Perspective on Disability Bibliography
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