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Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century BCE (Rainer Albertz) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2003) 9781589830554
Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century BCE (Rainer Albertz) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2003) 9781589830554
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Title: Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century BCE

Author: Albertz, Rainer

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589830554

Volumes: 1; Pages: 461

List Price in Paper: $49.95 Our price: $38.99

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"In this masterful analysis of the period of exile, Rainer Albertz offers a valuable gift to all scholars of ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible. His careful historical work allows new insight into the political and social life of Babylonian Jews. Albertz uses this historical context to interpret biblical texts from Second Isaiah, Jeremiah, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Daniel, several of the minor prophets, 1 Esdras, Susanna, Tobit, and Judith. Of particular importance is Albertz's analysis of exilic genres such as lament, sermons, salvation oracles, and oracles against the nations. Throughout the book, Albertz presents the results of German, British, and American scholarship, and moves beyond prior work to his own synthesis. For many English readers, this book may be the most helpful entree into the vast and helpful German scholarship on the exile. This is biblical scholarship's best work on the exilic period, offering a compelling history of the people and a perceptive reading of the biblical texts that reflect upon the situation and meaning of the exile. On the basis of this historical and literary interpretation, Albertz considers the theologies of exile that arose in ancient Babylon and Judah. His insights into the exilic theology of history and the 'separation of powers' that resists imperialization provide the foundation for a vital understanding of exilic thought, a thorough reconsideration of exile's impact on the entire canon, and a provocative reading of biblical texts." Jon L. Berquist, Chalice Press, author of Judaism in Persia's Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach
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