Myths of Exile Hardback

History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible

by Anne Katrine Gudme; Ingrid Hjelm;

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Myths of Exile

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The Babylonian exile in 587-539 BCE is frequently presented as the main explanatory factor for the religious and literary developments found in the Hebrew Bible. The sheer number of both 'historical' and narrative exiles confirms that the theme of exile is of great importance in the Hebrew Bible. However, one does not do justice to the topic by restricting it to the exile in Babylon after 587 BCE. In recent years, it has become clear that there are several discrepancies between biblical and extra-biblical sources on invasion and deportation in Palestine in the 1st millennium BCE. Such discrepancy confirms that the theme of exile in the Hebrew Bible should not be viewed as an echo of a single traumatic historical event, but rather as a literary motif that is repeatedly reworked by biblical authors. Myths of Exile challenges the traditional understanding of 'the Exile' as a monolithic historical reality and instead provides a critical and comparative assessment of motifs of estrangement and belonging in the Hebrew Bible and related literature.
Using selected texts as case-studies, this book demonstrates how tales of exile and return can be described as a common formative narrative in the literature of the ancient Near East, a narrative that has been interpreted and used in various ways depending on the needs and cultural contexts of the interpreting community. Myths of Exile is a critical study which forms the basis for a fresh understanding of these exile myths as identity-building literary phenomena.

Myths of Exile by Anne Katrine Gudme; Ingrid Hjelm was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in June 2015. The ISBN for Myths of Exile is 9781138886896.

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Details for Myths of Exile

Page last updated 25th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (June 2015)
Number of Pages188
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4326534
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