From Babylon to Eternity
The Exile Remembered and Constructed in Text and Tradition
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From Babylon to Eternity by Prof. Dr. Bob Becking
Book DescriptionThe exile of the Jewish people in Babylon in the 6th century is generally perceived to have been a time of sorrow and despair. 'From Babylon to Eternity' recreates the history of the exile to deconstruct this traditional image. The biblical image of the exile is shown to be multifaceted - the tradition of a people tied to their God-given land was challenged by foreign occupation but the concept of exile eventually incorporated into Jewish culture. The book explores the identity-shaping function of the exile, its role in Jewish thought up to the present day, and Christian reinterpretations of the dispersion of the people of Israel. 'From Babylon to Eternity' will be of interest to students and scholars of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845533069
(234mm x 156mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Prof. Dr. Bob Becking
From Babylon to Eternity, Hardback (May 2010)View all books by Prof. Dr. Bob Becking
Features four essays that deconstruct and reconstruct the image of Exile as described in "Psalm 137" as a time of sorrow and despair.
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Author Biography - Prof. Dr. Bob Becking
Bob Becking studied Theology and Semitic Languages at Utrecht University. After ten years of parish ministry, he returned to his alma mater, where he was appointed Ordinary professor of Old Testament Study in 1991. He served the Research School for Theology and Religion in the Netherlands as director. His research interests are specifically related to the questions of history and religion of Ancient Israel.Alex Cannegieter read Classical Archaeology at the University of Leiden. She graduated in 1992 with a thesis on the Roman Emperor Maxentius. Since 2001 she studies Theology at the University of Utrecht. Currently she is preparing for her Masters Degree for Biblical Studies.Wilfred van der Poll began his theological education in Leuven, Belgium. At present he is doing a Research Master in Theology at Utrecht University, specializing in the field of Old Testament Studies.Anne-Mareike Wetter has a master's degree in theology from Utrecht University. She specializes in Old Testament and Gender studies and has published several book reviews in these fields.
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