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Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period
Edelman, Diana V. and Ehud Ben Zvi, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. xx + 336. $120.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 456


Description: This volume sheds light on how particular constructions of the 'Other' contributed to an ongoing process of defining what 'Israel' or an 'Israelite' was or was supposed to be in literature taken to be authoritative in the latePersian and Early Hellenistic periods. It asks, who is an insider and who an outsider? Are boundaries permeable? Are there different ideas expressed within individual books? What about constructions of the (partial) 'Other' from inside, e.g., women, people whose body did not fit social constructions of normalness? It includes chapters dealing with theoretical issues and case studies, and addresses similar issues from the perspective of groups in the late Second Temple period so as to shed light on processes of continuity and discontinuity on these matters. Preliminary forms of five of the contributions were presented in Thessaloniki in 2011 in the research programme, 'Production andReception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Period,' at theAnnual Meeting of European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS).

Subjects: Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History, Other Methods

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Review by Aren M. Maeir
Published 9/1/2016
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of Ehud Ben Zvi and Diana V. Edelman, eds., Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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