By Daniel Smith-Christopher

The Christian church maintains to hunt moral and religious versions from the interval of Israel's monarchy and has kept away from the gravity of the Babylonian exile. by contrast culture, the writer argues that the interval of concentration for the canonical development of biblical suggestion is exactly the exile. the following the voices of dissent arose and articulated phrases of fact within the context of failed energy.

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Ackroyd, Exile and Restoration, esp. "The Exilic Age," 1-16. " Finally, consider the view of Bustenay Oded that the exiles were "certainly put to forced labor . . "17 Nevertheless, Oded observes, slave status is recognized in the Murashû documents. 18 While each of these, in turn, attempts to present a balanced picture, the presumed "lack of evidence" seems inevitably to push the scholars toward a benign assessment of the human and social impact of the exile. A more severe impact, they seem to presume, would have left more evidence.

Klein, Israel in Exile: A Theological Interpretation, OBT (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979); P. R. Ackroyd, Exile and Restoration, OTL (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1968). , Exile; and Lester L. , Leading Captivity Captive: The Exile As History and Ideology, JSOTSup 278 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1998). 15. Ackroyd, Exile and Restoration, esp. "The Exilic Age," 1-16. " Finally, consider the view of Bustenay Oded that the exiles were "certainly put to forced labor . . "17 Nevertheless, Oded observes, slave status is recognized in the Murashû documents.

60 Certainly Ezra's (or whoever's) prayer of Nehemiah 9 does not sound like the words of a loyal Persian subject representing Persian interests when he says: "Here we are, slaves to this day—slaves in the land that you gave to our ancestors to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts. Its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins; they have power also over our bodies and over our livestock at their pleasure, and we are in great distress" (9:36-37). Finally, Mark Brett reads the Joseph tales in the context of a presumption that Joseph actually "fell from grace" in accepting the role of an Egyptian governor whose policies led to the enslavement of all Egypt (especially compared to the values expressed in 1 Samuel 8).

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