Biblical Literature and the Emergence of Ancient Jewish Nationalism

In: Biblical Interpretation
Author: Stuart Weeks
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Abstract

The post-exilic concept of Israel can usefully be understood as analogous to the modern concept of a nation, and the conclusions of modern nationalist studies applied to the study of its emergence. By providing an account of the past and authoritative delineations of the community, the existing biblical texts may have provided the focus for a new sense of identity, whatever their original purpose and relationship with historical events.

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