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Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10
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Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10: An Anthropological Approach

Katherine E. Southwood


This book offers a fresh reflection on the intermarriage crisis within Ezra 9-10. Numerous issues, such as ethnicity, religious identity, purity, land, kinship, and migration, orbit around the central problem of intermarriage. These issues are explored in terms of their modern treatment within anthropology, and this information is used to generate a more informed, understanding of the chapters within Ezra. The intermarriage crisis in Ezra is pivotal for our understanding of the postexilic community. As the evidence from anthropology suggests, the social consciousness of ethnic identity and res ... More

Keywords: Ezra, ethnicity, identity, purity, kinship, return-migration, intermarriage, homeland, post-exilic, displacement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine E. Southwood, author
Lecturer in Biblical Studies, St Mary's University College, Twickenham and Kennicott Research Fellow, Oriental Institute, Oxford