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Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boun : The Expulsion of the Foreign Women in Ezra 9-10 -  Janzen

Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boun

The Expulsion of the Foreign Women in Ezra 9-10

By: Janzen

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2002
ISBN: 9781841272924

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The anthropological approach to the expulsion of the foreign women from the post-exilic community argues that it was the result of a witch-hunt. Its comparative approach notes that the community responded to its weak social boundaries in the same fashion as societies with similar social weaknesses. This book argues that the post-exilic community's decision to expel the foreign women in its midst was the direct result of the community's inability to enforce a common morality among its members. This anthropological approach to the expulsion shows how other societies with weak social moralities tend to react with witch-hunts, and it suggests that the expulsion in Ezra 9-10 was precisely such an activity. It concludes with an examination of the political and economic forces that could have eroded the social morality of the community.

Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The Narrative of Ezra 9-10: Some Interpretive Difficultiesp. 37
An Analysis of the Narrative of Ezra 9-10p. 38
The Historicity of Ezra 9-10p. 49
Social Structure, Witch-Hunts and Womenp. 54
Social Purification and Social Structurep. 57
Women and their Place in the Socialp. 78
The Boundaries of the Persian Period Temple Communityp. 84
The Political Organization of the Temple Communityp. 84
The External Boundariesp. 87
Internal Integrationp. 105
The Genesis of the Witch-Craze Anxietyp. 116
Foreigners and Trade in Palestinep. 118
The Persian Administration in Across-the-Riverp. 143
Conclusion: Foreign Influences in Yehud and the Witch-craze Anxietyp. 161
Bibliographyp. 164
Index of Referencesp. 173
Index of Authorsp. 177
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ISBN: 9781841272924
ISBN-10: 1841272922
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st August 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1