Introduction and Methods

Katherine E. Southwood

in Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644346
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739316 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction and Methods

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This chapter discusses the methodological issues which arise when applying social-anthropology to a biblical text and how they might be overcome. Exploring the problems relating to the dating and editing of the material and the sources which lie behind it is indispensible prior to applying theory to the text itself. Questions arising relate to the difficulties brought about by understanding the document as a historiographical book and how one identifies the ideological motivations of the text’s author or redactor.

Keywords: method; dating; editing; sources; motivations

Chapter.  8015 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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