Worlds That Could Not be - Utopia in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah Hardback

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Worlds That Could Not be - Utopia in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah

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The idea of Utopia was first made current and popular by Sir Thomas More with the publication of his book by the same name in 1516. The 'no-place' that was created has had a fantastic reception history, which makes its application to the biblical books of Nehemiah, Ezra and Chronicles as vibrant as the current scholarship which is ongoing into the Renaissance term and its implications. The essays in this collection take different approaches to the question: are there proto-utopian elements in the three books from the Hebrew Bible? Methodological considerations are found in each essay, but each essay also moves beyond the methodological constraint to raise the hypothetical question of 'what if?' in different ways. The essays evaluate the potential, and pitfalls, of reading Biblical books as (proto-)utopian. Topics explored include the ways in which utopia construct intricate counter-realities, and how to tell whether a proposal diagnosed as 'utopian' from a modern point of view is meant to motivate its audience to political action.
Case studies which read aspects of Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah as potential utopian traits include the restoration project of Ezra-Nehemiah and the rejection of foreign wives, utopian concerns in Chronicles, as well as the empire's role in writing a putative utopia, and King Solomon as a utopian fantasy-king.

Worlds That Could Not be - Utopia in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2016. The ISBN for Worlds That Could Not be - Utopia in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah is 9780567664051.

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Page last updated 30th November 2016
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2016)
Weight454g
Number of Pages208
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567664051
ISBN-100567664058
Product Code4322807
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