The Babylonian Exile

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918737 | DOI:
The Babylonian Exile

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After an overview building on trauma studies and use of diaspora/forced migration anthropology to illuminate the otherwise opaque exile, this chapter surveys several texts most clearly datable to that period, including Lamentations, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55, 60-2), and texts associated with the deposed monarchy (e.g. Psalm 89 and the conclusion to Kings in 2 Kgs 25:27-30). Also dated to the exile are elements related to inter-generational sin in Kings (2 Kgs 21:11-16; 23:26-27; 24:3), the speech in Deut 30:1-11, the tower of Babel story (Gen 11:1-9, in its present form), the oracle against Babylon in Isaiah 14 (again reshaped to focus on Babylon), and other probable exilic elements in various other prophetic collections (e.g. Micah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah).

Keywords: exile; trauma; diaspora; Lamentations; Ezekiel; Second Isaiah; Babylon

Chapter.  16010 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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