In the shadow of empire : Israel and Judah in the long sixth century BCE / edited by Pamela Barmash and Mark W. Hamilton.

Atlanta : SBL Press, [2021]
xvii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


  • Archaeology and biblical studies ; no. 30. [More in this series]
  • Archaeology and Biblical Studies ; number 30
Summary note
Readers of the Hebrew Bible know the basic story line: during the early sixth century BCE the Bablonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem, deported a ortion of the population to Mesopotamia, and triggered a crisis of faith in the minds of prophets, priests, and liturgists that still echoes through the centuries. Though manyJudahites chose to make their way home under Persian imperial control, the straightforward biblical story of exile and return masks many complex issues of evidence and fact. Unlike previous studies that focused narrowly on Babylonian exile of the Judahite elites, this volume widens the geographical and temporal scope to include the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Empires. Improved access to and understanding of relevant texts, iconography, and material culture provide an opportunity for scholars to reappraise methods of imperial controla nd the responses of those in exile and under occupation. Contributors Pamela Barmash, Ryan P. Bonfiglio, Caralie Cooke, Lisbeth S. Fried, Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, Mark W. Hamilton, Matt Waters, and Ian D. Wilson lay a firm foundation for future work on the long sixth century. --Back Cover.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-209) and indexes.
  • Introduction: The long sixth century / Mark W. Hamilton, Pamela Barmash
  • Success and failure, resistance and submission: Nuanced identities and relationships during the Return and Early Persian Period / Pamela Barmash
  • The art of control: Iconography of the Early Archaemenid Empire / Ryan P. Bonfiglio
  • Controlling the narrative: The Babylonian Exile as chosen trauma / Caralie Cooke
  • Bury me with my fathers: A voluntary or a forced Return migration? / Lisbeth S. Fried
  • The Exiles of Empires in prophetic images of restoration (and Micah 4:8-5:1 [ET 5:2]) / Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor
  • "Empire" as a political category and reflections on it in centers and peripheries / Mark W. Hamilton
  • The far side of the long sixth century: Mesopotamian political influences on Early Archaemenid Persia / Matt Waters
  • Remembering the future: Prophetic literature's archives of Exile and Judah's social memory in the Persian Era / Ian D. Wilson.
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Israel and Judah in the long sixth century BCE
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  • 1628374179 ((paperback))
  • 9780884145547 ((hardcover))
  • 0884145549 ((hardcover))
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