Ezra's Social Drama (Library Of Hebrew Bible/old Testament Studies Series)
Moffat aims to provide further insight into the mixed marriage narrative by exposing the social and cultural factors on which it is based. He also identifies historical traces in the narrative that can contribute to a historical reconstruction of the...
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Moffat aims to provide further insight into the mixed marriage narrative by exposing the social and cultural factors on which it is based. He also identifies historical traces in the narrative that can contribute to a historical reconstruction of the post-exilic era. The socio-cultural analysis highlights previously unobserved aspects of the narrative as it understands that the narrative reflects a context in which identity formation issues were prominent in Persian Yehud. Moffat argues that the rituals of mourning and penitential prayer are important acts that shaped the mixed marriage controversy. The label 'foreign women' is identified as a symbol which carried considerable freight and connected the mixed marriages with wider social discourse on identity. Further, the Exodus traditions are shown to be significant for the conceptual foundations underlying the narrative and the society that produced it. The analysis also gives reason to understand Ezra as the pivotal character in narrative plot. This not only affects how the narrative is understood but has implications for historical reconstruction that utilises this narrative.
- Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Ezra's Social Drama Chapter 1. Social Science, Historicity And Identity 1. Social Sciences And Biblical Studies A. Applying Social Science B. Turner And Social Drama C. Social Drama: Phases, Root Paradigms, Ritual And Symbolism D. Social Drama And Biblical Studies C. Social Science Summary 2. Ezra-nehemiah And Historical Reconstruction 3. Identity A. Identity Formation B. Identity Formation As Context 4. Summary Chapter 2. Yehud 1. Issues In Mapping Yehud 2. The Extent Of Yehud 3. The Population Of Yehud 4. Political Status 5. Summary Chapter 3. Foundations For Reading Ezra 9 And 10 1. Nehemiah 8 And Ezra 7-10 A. Nehemiah 8 Displaced B. The Original Position Of Nehemiah 8 2. The Unity Of Ezra 9 And 10 A. The Original Debate About Unity B. Recent Source-critical Studies C. Summary Chapter 4. Ezra 9 And 10 1. The Problem Identified (ezra 9:1-5) A. The Report B. Leaders And Israel C. The Peoples Of The Land(s) D. Marriage Is The Problem E. Ezra's Reaction 2. Ezra's Penitential Prayer (ezra 9:6-15) A. Pentitential Prayers B. Ezra's Prayer C. Shame, History And Mercy (ezra 9:6-9) D. Guilt Before God (ezra 9:10-15) 3. The People's Response (ezra 10:1-44) A. Loaded Words B. Community Action C. Dissolving The Mixed Marriages D. Summary E. Concluding The Issue (ezra 10:18-44) 4. Summary Chapter 5. The Mixed Marriage Social Drama 1. Elements Of A Social Drama 2. Mixed Marriage And Identity Formation 3. The Exodus As Root Paradigm A. The Exodus In Ezra B. The Exodus As Root Paradigm 4. Foreign Women As Symbol A. Symbol, Turner And Semiotics B. Connotations Of Foreign Women C. Powerful Symbols D. Summary 5. The Mixed Marriage Narrative As Social Drama A. Breach B. Crisis C. Redressive Action D. Reintegration Chapter 6. Historical Traces 1. Indications Of Historicity 2. Historical Traces A. The Exodus Paradigm In Post-exilic Yehud B. Ezra The Catalyst C. Social Discourse And Foreign Women D. A Witch Hunt? E. Conformity To The Commission's Demands F. Residual Effect 3. Summary Conclusions Bibliography Index Of References Index Of Authors