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Negotiating Power in Ezra-Nehemiah
Laird, Donna

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. xiii + 403. $55.95

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Description: Donna Laird examines Ezra and Nehemiah in the light of modern sociological theorist Pierre Bourdieu. How did this context of hardship, exile, and return change what Ezra and Nehemiah viewed as important? How did they define who was a part of their community, and who was an outsider? It goes on to explore how the books engaged readers at the time: how it addressed their changing circumstances, and how different groups gained and used social power, or the ability to influence society.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Ezra, Nehemiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Bob Becking
Published 8/17/2017
Citation: Bob Becking, review of Donna Laird, Negotiating Power in Ezra-Nehemiah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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