A Biblical Theology of Exile (Overtures to Biblical by Daniel Smith-Christopher

By Daniel Smith-Christopher

The Christian church maintains to hunt moral and non secular types from the interval of Israel's monarchy and has shunned the gravity of the Babylonian exile. by contrast culture, the writer argues that the interval of concentration for the canonical building of biblical concept is exactly the exile. the following the voices of dissent arose and articulated phrases of fact within the context of failed energy.

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One million people emigrate permanently each year, and another million seek political asylum. 2 billion people live in poverty, we begin to see the results of twentiethcentury civilization. Huge population transfers amount to rich nations "penetrating" less powerful nations for labor pools: Arabs in France, Turks in Germany, Mexicans in the United States. "6 Furthermore, political and social decisions impinge on the very meaning of disasters. Even the concept of a "natural disaster" must be questioned if the disaster is thought to be an occasion devoid of power relations and political decisions.

20. See J. M. Wilkie, "Nabonidus and the Later Jewish Exiles," JTS 2 (1951) 36-44. See also W. G. Lambert's descriptions of the violent claims of Nebuchadnezzar, "Nebuchadnezzar King of Justice," Iraq 27 (1965) 1-11. the way, an interestingly similar debate about the impact of the earlier Neo-Assyrian conquest of the Northern Kingdom in 722. Here the debate centered on assessing the impact of the earlier Assyrian crisis, and particularly whether the Assyrians imposed religious restrictions on the northern Israelite cult.

Gary Knoppers has summarized the central thesis: "Frei's provocative thesis . . " 25 In short, Persian "authorization" of the Jewish law for its Jewish citizens is, according to Frei and others, consistent with similar thesis, apparently argued quite independent of the Heidelberg scholars, in Jon Berquist, Judaism in Persia's Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995). 23. The list of materials in this debate has grown rather lengthy, but the standard works include the earlier work by Thomas L.

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