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Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods
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Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination

Diana V. Edelman and Ehud Ben Zvi


Social memory studies offer an under-utilised lens through which to approach the texts of the Hebrew Bible. In this volume, the range of associations and symbolic values evoked by twenty-one characters representing ancestors and founders, kings, female characters, and prophets are explored by a group of international scholars. The presumed social settings when most of the books comprising the TANAK had come into existence and were being read together as an emerging authoritative corpus are the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods. It is in this context then that we can profitably explore ... More

Keywords: social memory, Hebrew Bible, TANAK, Yehud, Cyrus, Israel, mnemonic effects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana V. Edelman, editor
Independent scholar

Ehud Ben Zvi, editor
Professor, History and Classics, University of Alberta

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Part I Remembering Ancestors and Founders

3 Moses, the Royal Lawgiver

Thomas C. Römer

5 Remembering Joshua

E. Axel Knauf

Part II Remembering Kings (Israelite and Foreigners)

6 Saul, Hero and Villain

Philip R. Davies

8 Solomon as Cultural Memory

Niels-Peter Lemche

12 Remembering Josiah

Joseph Blenkinsopp

Part III Remembering Female Characters

Part IV Remembering Prophets

Part V Additional and Complementary Methodological Considerations