Hybridity and Return Migration

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

Hybridity and Return Migration

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This chapter applies the research into return migration and ethnicity to Ezra’s account of an intermarriage crisis in light of our existing knowledge of circumstances within postexilic Yehud. The theme of hybridity, a term borrowed from Bhabha, pervades the chapters, and in many ways characterizes the postexilic community itself. The status as a hybrid, in between one ethnic group and another through intermarriage, in-between being an exile and at home as a returnee, that is to say, never really belonging, provides one of the central tensions which propel ethnic consciousness among those responsible for the text.

Keywords: hybridity; exile; homeland; belonging; ethnicity

Chapter.  9647 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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