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


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This chapter presents a detailed discussion of the pivotal issues at stake within the text, by incorporating and analysing a range of primary, and secondary, sources. Introducing the topic in this manner is important since it allows the major dialogues which the text generates and methods through which it is understood to be identified. Principal debates which will be explored include the impact of the law against marriages with the Canaanite nations in Deuteronomy 7 on Ezra 9–10, the influence of the postexilic context on the intermarriage crisis, the difficulties associated with understanding the significance of terminology drawn from cultic purity within the text, and what the text may reveal about identity within Yehud. The chapter concludes that examining ethnic identity provides fertile grounds for perusal, but that such analysis should take place within more controlled parameters through reaching a stable awareness of the debates concerning ethnicity within anthropology.

Keywords: Deuteronomy 7; postexilic context; cultic purity; Yehud

Chapter.  23863 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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