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From Judah to Judea: Socio-economic Structures and Processes in the Persian Period
Ro, Johannes Unsok, editor

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012 pp. x + 216. $110.00

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Hebrew Bible Monographs, 43

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Description: It has long been recognized that the Persian period is crucial to the history of the formation of the biblical corpora. The essays presented in this volume explore this critically important era, reconstructing the socio-economic shifts that took place as well as the religio-theological environment of the Judean community and its neighbours. The topics of this volume, sociological, archaeological and theological, include: ethnicities and administration in Persian-era Palestine (Yigal); the historical origin of the concept of the piety of the poor at Qumran (Ro); the development of the theological concept of Yhwh’s punitive justice (Ro); social, cultural and demographic transformations in Persian-period Judah (Faust); changes in Judah and its neighbouring provinces in the fourth century BCE (Fantalkin and Tal); some Greek views of the Persian empire (Sano). The papers collected in this volume were presented at an international conference held at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, February 17–19, 2011, a testimony to the fruitfulness of this unusual Asian–Israeli scholarly dialogue.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period

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Review by Jason M. Silverman
Published 10/29/2013
Citation: Jason M. Silverman, review of Johannes Unsok Ro, ed., From Judah to Judea: Socio-economic Structures and Processes in the Persian Period, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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