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The Good Figs: The Jehoyachin Exile and Its Heritage [Hebrew]
Hoffman, Yair

Tel Aviv: The Haim Rubin Tel Aviv University Press, 2018 pp. 617. ₪120.00

Description: [In 598 BCE Nebuchadnezzar exiled King Jehoiakin with thousands of people from Jerusalem and Judea, and the prophet Jeremiah likened this exile to the "good tannim." For the first time in Jewish history, a Jewish center was established in the Diaspora alongside Jerusalem and its Temple. Deals with the exile of Yehoyachin, the only comprehensive study on this subject, which distinguishes between the two centers of the exile of Yehoyachin - the capital city of Babylon and the community of exiles in Tel Aviv in the vicinity of the city, Follows their ties with Jerusalem and examines the culture they developed and the ways in which they preserved their traditions The exile of Yehoyachin served as a platform for the absorption of the Babylonian exiles following the destruction of the Temple in the year 586 BCE. It softened the shock of their exile and the destruction of their temple, and proved that it was possible to continue Jewish life in exile even without a temple and without detracting from the unique cultural and religious principles of their forefathers]

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by David A. Glatt-Gilad
Published 4/9/2020
Citation: David A. Glatt-Gilad, review of Yair Hoffman, The Good Figs: The Jehoyachin Exile and Its Heritage [Hebrew], Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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