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Published: 29 October 2013

528 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199664160

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Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

Social Memory and Imagination

Edited by Diana V. Edelman and Ehud Ben Zvi

  • Focuses on texts from the Hebrew Bible in terms of how they reflect and shape social memory for a community of Judeans who also considered themselves to represent the religious community of Israel
  • Examines selected biblical figures as nodes of memory evoking certain associations for readers/hearers in the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods
  • Approaches characters compositely, across many books, and focuses on their symbolic/mnemonic value rather than simply on their portrayal as literary characters
  • Contributes to understanding processes of group identity formation in antiquity and engages readers in the debate about the function(s) of the texts of the Hebrew Bible that became authoritative
  • Aids understanding of the world of ideas of Persian and Early Hellenistic Judah

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