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Defining All-Israel in Chronicles: Multi-levelled Identity Negotiation in Late Persian-Period Yehud
Jonker, Louis C.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016 pp. xv + 358. €124.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 106


Description: In this book, Louis C. Jonker considers more sophisticated and nuanced models for applying the heuristic lens of “identity” in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible book of Chronicles. Not only does he investigate the potential and limitations of different sociological models for this purpose, but the author also provides a more nuanced analysis of the socio-historical context of origin of late Persian-period biblical literature by distinguishing between four levels of socio-historic existence in this period. It is shown that varying power relations were in operation on these different levels which contributed to a multi-levelled process of identity negotiation. Louis C. Jonker shows the value of the chosen methodological approach in his analysis of Chronicles, but also suggests that it holds potential for the investigation of other Hebrew Bible corpora.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Chronicles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by J. H. Price
Published 3/7/2019
Citation: J. H. Price, review of Louis C. Jonker, Defining All-Israel in Chronicles: Multi-levelled Identity Negotiation in Late Persian-Period Yehud, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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