By Lester L. Grabbe
Within the first of 4 volumes on A heritage of the Jews and Judaism within the moment Temple interval, Lester Grabbe offers a complete heritage of Judah (Aramaic Yehud) in the course of the Persian interval. one of the an important questions he addresses are: What are the assets for this era and the way can we assessment them? and the way can we cause them to “speak” to us throughout the fog of centuries? Grabbe argues that there's a probability of seeing every little thing from a Judaeo-centric perspective, or utilizing the biblical texts and out-of-date secondary fabric to supply the most point of view in realizing historical past, while any pupil writing approximately this era may be conversant in the classical historians and the close to jap resources in addition. This learn brings jointly and analyzes the unique resources, sifts and evaluates the secondary assets, develops a considerable historic synthesis, and issues to parts the place additional learn is required. Yehud: A heritage of the Persian Province of Judah bargains the freshest and complete exam of the political and administrative buildings; the society and economic climate; the faith, temple and cult; the advancements in proposal and literature; and the main political occasions.
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Pro van claims not to be a fundamentalist, but some of his writings (especially Provan 2000) seem to be an attack on the critical approach to the history of ancient Israel, as Barr (2000: 74-82) has recognized. Some of the essays in the volume edited by Long, Baker and Wenham (2002) seem to me to exhibit a fundamentalist approach (cf. Grabbe 1987b). Some critical scholars who cite such attacks on the 'minimalists' with approval have apparently not actually read the works they refer to. If they had, they should have realized that they were making strange bedfellows indeed.
Kenyon in 1952-58. A number of finds suggest that the site was occupied during Persian times (pace OEANE, III: 224). These include some Attic pottery dated to the fifth-fourth centuries and a number ofyh andyh(w)d seals. The dating of a seal with the inscription 'wryw/yhwd ('Uriyau/Yehud') is disputed, though the present consensus is that it is from the Persian period. Another which may be aphw' ('governor') seal has the inscription lyhw 'zr ('to Yeho'ezer'). One way of explaining the data is that the whole eastern sector of Judah came to an end at the end of the Iron age, either through direct destruction or rapid decline after the more central support was destroyed by the Babylonians (Lipschits 2003: 339-40).
It is especially here in the analysis of sources that many of the insights and techniques of recent scholarship come into their own: social scientific 16 A History of the Jews and Judaism criticism, ideological criticism, close reading, deconstruction, New Historicist analysis. Sources do not speak for themselves: the historian makes them speak, but he or she must justify this voice and convince others that it is not merely a ventriloquist's trick. Where sources are skimpy or problematic, an important method of operation is 'triangulation', attempting to fill out the picture by determining from known data what the likely complement will be—much as a surveyor determines a third point from two known points by means of triangulation (Grabbe 1998b).
A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period: Yehud, the Persian Province of Judah (Library Of Second Temple Studies) by Lester L. Grabbe