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Judah and Samaria in Postmonarchic Times: Essays on Their Histories and Literatures
Knoppers, Gary N.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xi + 333. $181.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 129

Description: Focusing on Judean-Samarian interactions in Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman times, Gary N. Knoppers explores both commonalities and differences, rivalries and relationships, as these communities engaged one another in greater depth and complexity than scholars have previously thought. Some essays elucidate archaeological and epigraphic discoveries (Jerusalem, Mt. Gerizim excavations and inscriptions), while others illumine Jewish (Ezra, Chronicles, Josephus, Pseudo-Philo) and Samaritan (Samaritan 10th commandment, the Chronicon Samaritanum) literary texts. How Judeans and Samarians responded to competing claims to Israel's past by reinterpreting shared scriptures is a unifying theme in these eleven studies.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Persian Period, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Lisbeth S. Fried
Published 8/6/2020
Citation: Lisbeth S. Fried, review of Gary N. Knoppers, Judah and Samaria in Postmonarchic Times: Essays on Their Histories and Literatures, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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