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Unity and Disunity in Erza-Nehemiah: Redaction, Rhetoric and Reader
Mark J. Boda, Paul L. Redditt

ISBN 9781906055400
Status Available
Price: $95.00
Binding Hardback
Publication Date May 2008
Pages 384
   

Until the late 1960s the scholarly consensus was that Chronicles–Ezra–Nehemiah was a single, unified literary work. Then arguments began to be mounted for treating Chronicles as a distinct composition, and the majority of scholars were swayed by these arguments, though others retained the older consensus view. In recent years, some scholars have begun to suggest that Ezra and Nehemiah are distinct literary entities. This new debate is the occasion for the present volume. Here scholars from around the globe (Canada, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Korea, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States) showcase current scholarly explanations for the final shape of this literary complex known as Ezra–Nehemiah. Fourteen scholars present their approach to the unity or disunity of this literature employing research methodologies that range from the diachronic to the synchronic. Critical responses to this emerging research are provided by three reviewers (Joseph Blenkinsopp, Tamara Eskenazi and Hugh Williamson) whose work laid the foundation in earlier decades for much of the discussion today. The result is a rich conversation which provides an enlightening resource for the study of these biblical books in particular as well as for reflection on the impact of one’s interpretive framework on the study of ancient literature in general.

Mark J. Boda is Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilto, Ontario. Paul L. Redditt is Professor in the Department of Religion, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky.

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