By Anne Katrine Gudme,Ingrid Hjelm

The Babylonian exile in 587-539 BCE is usually awarded because the major explanatory issue for the spiritual and literary advancements present in the Hebrew Bible. The sheer variety of either ‘historical’ and narrative exiles confirms that the subject of exile is of serious value within the Hebrew Bible. besides the fact that, one doesn't do justice to the subject by way of limiting it to the exile in Babylon after 587 BCE. in recent times, it has develop into transparent that there are numerous discrepancies among biblical and extra-biblical resources on invasion and deportation in Palestine within the 1st millennium BCE. Such discrepancy confirms that the topic of exile within the Hebrew Bible shouldn't be seen as an echo of a unmarried disturbing ancient occasion, yet quite as a literary motif that's time and again remodeled by way of biblical authors.

Myths of Exile demanding situations the conventional knowing of 'the Exile' as a monolithic historic fact and as an alternative presents a serious and comparative overview of motifs of estrangement and belonging within the Hebrew Bible and comparable literature. utilizing chosen texts as case reviews, this ebook demonstrates how stories of exile and go back may be defined as a typical formative narrative within the literature of the traditional close to East, a story that has been interpreted and utilized in a variety of methods looking on the wishes and cultural contexts of the examining neighborhood. Myths of Exile is a serious learn which types the root for a clean realizing of those exile myths as identity-building literary phenomena.

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