Myths of Exile: History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible

9781138886896The papers read at the Conference on the subject of the volume’s title are soon to be available in this new book

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.

The papers were great.  They’re probably even better now that they’ve been polished.

6 thoughts on “Myths of Exile: History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible

  1. Jason

    So are you persuaded that the accounts of exile in the Hebrew bible are literary phenomena or historical events? Because, you know, this determines whether or not you’ll make it to heaven. 😉 But seriously, what is your take?

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    1. Jim Post author

      neither and both and more. they are theological historiography. Heilsgeschichte rather than mere Historie

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