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A comment on Ehud Ben Zvi's "total exile, empty land and the general intellectual discourse in Yehud"

dc.contributor.authorCezula, Ntozakhe Simonen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-31T08:56:50Z
dc.date.available2018-10-31T08:56:50Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationCezula, N. 2017. A comment on Ehud Ben Zvi's "total exile, empty land and the general intellectual discourse in Yehud". Old Testament Essays, 30(2):592-608, doi:10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n3a4
dc.identifier.issn2312-3621 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1010-9919 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n3a4
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104626
dc.descriptionCITATION: Cezula, N. 2017. A comment on Ehud Ben Zvi's "total exile, empty land and the general intellectual discourse in Yehud". Old Testament Essays, 30(2):592-608, doi:10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n3a4
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dc.description.abstractThe Judeans of the pre-late-Persian period could not interpret the "empty land" myth other than in an inclusive manner. This approach is also reflected in Ezra-Nehemiah, according to Ehud Ben Zvi. This interpretation is clear from his social memory analysis of the penta-teuchal, Deuteronomistic history and prophetic literature. The logic in his argument is so persuasive that it compels a review of one's stance on the exclusivity of Ezra-Nehemiah. After some engagement with Ezra-Nehemiah, this paper offers the argument that Ezra-Nehe-miah is exclusive, and that the "empty land" myth is applied in an exclusive manner. Of great concern, however, is the fact that Ben Zvi's argument comes at a time when Africans are engaged in a quest for a biblical paradigm for a theology of reconstruction that is currently contemplated. Of more concern is that some scholars suggest Nehemiah as a paradigm for a theology of reconstruction in Africa, just as Moses and the Exodus, propound a theology of liberation. For historical reasons, this paper rejects Nehemiah as a biblical paradigm for a theology of reconstruction in Africa. This paper therefore engages with Ben Zvi's paper titled "Total Exile, Empty Land and the General Intellectual Discourse in Yehud" against this background.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1010-99192017000300003
dc.format.extent17 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherOld Testament Society of South Africa
dc.subjectBible. Ezra-Nehemiah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.en_ZA
dc.titleA comment on Ehud Ben Zvi's "total exile, empty land and the general intellectual discourse in Yehud"en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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