By David Green (Translator) Rainer Albertz
The interval of Israel’s Babylonian exile is among the such a lot spell binding eras of biblical heritage. in this time Israel went via its private difficulty and the root was once laid for its such a lot profound renewal. The drawback provoked the construction of a wealth of literary works akin to laments, prophetic books, and historic works, all of which Albertz analyzes intimately in the course of the tools of social heritage, composition feedback, and redaction feedback. furthermore, Albertz attracts on extrabiblical and archaeological proof to light up the ancient and social alterations that affected many of the exilic teams. Thirty-five years after Peter Ackroyd’s vintage Exile and recovery, Albertz bargains a brand new iteration of biblical students and scholars an both vital appraisal of modern scholarship in this interval in addition to his personal cutting edge and insightful proposals in regards to the social and literary advancements that happened and the theological contribution that used to be made. comprises chronological desk, map of the traditional close to East, and passage index.
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It was Yahweh who set in motion the fulfillment of his word by dispatching Nebuchadnezzar against Judah (36:17–21). This strongly theological perspective of Chronicles continues in the interpretation of the exile as a belated Sabbath rest for the land. This notion, only touched on here, is developed at greater length in Lev 26:34–35, 43. It presupposes the law of the Sabbatical Year in Lev 25:1–7, which decrees that every seven years the entire land must lie fallow to observe a Sabbath for Yahweh free of agricultural exploitation (25:2, 4–5).
Kottsieper, “Zusätze,” 220. 38 It is unclear whether they are an allusion to Zech 5:6, 8 or Jer 29:23, meant as a sideswipe at the Babylonian golah, or simply a careless connection, since the story says nothing more of any Babylonian origin or influence with regard to the two wicked elders. 40 By contrast, the double narrative of Bel and the Dragon, apparently unknown to the canonical Daniel tradition,41 takes us deep into the Babylonian milieu. Here, unlike Dan 1, Daniel is introduced as a priest (Dan 14:2) and confidant of an unnamed Babylonian king.
The idea here is that Israel did not observe this law in the preexilic period, when it dwelt in the land; now in the exilic period, with Israel forced out of the land, the failure to observe these Sabbatical Years can be made good. 11 To this imposed theological meaning, however, the books of Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah link additional ideas about the exile that 11 The Chronicler appears to assume that the monarchy lasted 490 years: the reigns starting with David total 474 years, to which are added the years of Saul’s reign, of uncertain duration (cf.