Was 1 Esdras First?: An Investigation into the Priority and Nature of 1 Esdras
Fried, Lisbeth S., editor
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xii + 287. $34.95
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Description: The books of Ezra-Nehemiah and 1 Esdras tell the story of the Judean return from exile in Babylon, of rebuilding the temple, and of creating a new community in Zion. For scholars and students trying to understand the Second Temple period, there are no other contemporary narratives available, giving these books prime importance. In Was 1 Esdras First? world-renowned scholars fully discuss, without arriving at a consensus, the relationship between Ezra-Nehemiah and 1 Esdras. In addition, they delve into these books' dates and methods of composition, the sources used, their respective historical and social milieus, their original languages, and their authority and status in antiquity. This collection adds to our understanding of the history of Second Temple Judah, the formation of early Judaism, and the processes by which biblical books were composed.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, 1 Esdras, Literature
Review by Erik Eynikel
Citation: Erik Eynikel, review of Lisbeth S. Fried, ed., Was 1 Esdras First? An Investigation into the Priority and Nature of 1 Esdras, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
Review by Andrew Steinmann
Citation: Andrew Steinmann, review of Lisbeth S. Fried, ed., Was 1 Esdras First?: An Investigation into the Priority and Nature of 1 Esdras, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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