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The Jubilee In The Writings

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This chapter examines three biblical books included in the Hebrew canon under the category Writings" (kethuvim): Chronicles, Ezra- Nehemiah, and Daniel. All three books deal explicitly with the exilic or post-exilic periods. Affinities between Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles have always been recognized, often leading to the conclusion that the works have a common author. After a brief discussion of the possible relevance of material in Ezra-Nehemiah to the historical reconstruction of the original Sitz-im-Leben of the jubilee legislation, the chapter focuses on the more theologically fertile texts of Chronicles and Daniel. In response to Daniel's prayer, the angel Gabriel appears to reveal to him the divine schedule for the restoration of Jerusalem, the people, and the temple. There is a relationship between the way the desolation of the seventieth week ushers in the eschatological era, and the way the seventh sabbatical year ushers in the year of jubilee.

Keywords: Ezra-Nehemiah; Jerusalem; jubilee legislation; Sitz-im-Leben



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