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Rebuilding Identity : The Nehemiah-Memoir and Its Earliest Readers - Jacob L. Wright

Rebuilding Identity

The Nehemiah-Memoir and Its Earliest Readers

Hardcover Published: 24th November 2004
ISBN: 9783110183191
Number Of Pages: 385
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This monograph presents a fresh and detailed treatment of the problems posed by the Nehemiah-Memoir. Starting from the pre-critical interpretations of Ezra-Neh, the study demonstrates that the use of the first-person does not suffice as a criterion for distinguishing between the verba Neemiae and the additions of later authors. The earliest edition of the Memoir isconfined to a building report, which was expanded as early generations of readers developed the implications of Nehemiah's accomplishments for the consolidation and centralization of Judah. The expansions occasioned in turn the composition of the history of the "Restoration" in Ezra-Neh.

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"Die Arbeit besticht durch gute Beobachtungen, eine klare Argumentation und ein uberzeugendes Gesamtbild, das zudem gewichtige Konsequenzen fur die fruhe >Second Temple PeriodUwe Becker in: ZAW 1/2006

"Wright's Rebuilding Identity promises a great deal and delivers even more. [...] Its scholarly sophistication is coupled with elegant formulation as Wright illustrates how the story of Nehemiah has grown into the drama of the court-Jew who discovers his own identity in a foreign land and then moves to redirect the identity and destiny of his people."

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi in JBL 124/4 (2005)

Introduction - Spinoza and the attempt to isolate Nehemiah's first-person accountp. 1
In Susa - 1:1-11p. 7
Nehemiah's first prayer - 1:5-11ap. 9
The origins of Jerusalem's ruinsp. 25
A prologue to the amplified account - 1:1b-4p. 45
From Susa to Jerusalemp. 67
Artaxerxes' permission to build - 2:1-11ap. 69
The consolidation of the builders - 2:11b-4:17p. 96
The intimidation of the builder - 6:1-19p. 129
The socioeconomic reforms - 5:1-19p. 163
Additional reforms during the work on the Wall - 13:4-31p. 189
The cultic reforms - 13:4-14p. 191
The sabbath-reforms - 13:15-22p. 221
The marriage-reforms - 13:23-31p. 243
The dedication of the Wall (12:27-13:3) and the formation of a new climax (7:1-12:26)p. 271
The account of the dedication ceremonies (12:27ff.) and the analogy of 7:1-3p. 273
The account of the dedication ceremonies and the growth of chaps. 7-13p. 295
The final form of the book in Neh 12:44-13:3 and Neh 8-10p. 315
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ISBN: 9783110183191
ISBN-10: 3110183196
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 24th November 2004
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.41  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.66

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