Interpreting Exile considers forced displacement and deportation in ancient Israel and comparable modern contexts in order to offer insight into the realities of war and exile in ancient Israel and their representations in the Hebrew Bible. Introductory essays describe the interdisciplinary and comparative approach and explain how it overcomes methodological dead ends and advances the study of war in ancient and modern contexts. Following essays, written by scholars from various disciplines, explore specific cases drawn from a wide variety of ancient and modern settings and consider archaeological, anthropological, physical, and psychological realities, as well as biblical, literary, artistic, and iconographic representations of displacement and exile. The volume as a whole places Israel’s experiences and expressions of forced displacement into the broader context of similar war-related phenomena from multiple contexts.
Brad E. Kelle is Professor of Old Testament and Director of the M.A. in Religion Program at Point Loma Nazarene University. He has co-authored Biblical History and Israel’s Past: The Changing Study of the Bible and History (Eerdmans) and co-edited Israel’s Prophets and Israel’s Past: Essays on the Relationship of Prophetic Texts and Israelite History in Honor of John H. Hayes (T&T Clark) and Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts (Society of Biblical Literature). Frank Ritchel Ames is Professor of Medical Informatics and Director of Library Services at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a contributor to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan) and Encyclopedia of Protestantism (Routledge) and is co-editor of Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts (Society of Biblical Literature). He was recently appointed to chair the MLA’s Murray Gottlieb Writing Prize Jury. Jacob Wright is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers (de Gruyter), which won a 2008 Templeton prize.
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