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Israel in the Persian period; the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E..


Israel in the Persian period; the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E..

Gerstenberger, Erhard S.



575 pages



Society of Biblical Literature biblical encyclopedia series; no.8


The direct background and context for the emergent Old Testament, says Gerstenberger (Old Testament, Philipps-U. Marburg), was the Persian Empire, an immense global, multinational state with its cultures and religions, politics and economy and intellectual climate. He teases out connections in terms of the biblical portrait of the period, the known history, biblical literature of the period, and the theological contribution. His topics include the provincial structure of Judah, artifacts and architecture, the Diaspora in Babylon and Egypt, revisions of older writings, the genesis of ecclesial structures, and the ethos of brotherliness in the community of faith. Israel in der Perserzeit: 5 und 4 Jahrhundert v. Chr. was published in 2005, and has been translated by Siegfied S. Schatzmann.

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