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The Exile In The Literature Of The Intertestamental Period

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This chapter examines the references to the exile in the literature of the intertestamental period and considers some of their implications. The impetus for the chapter is derived from some remarks of Professor Peter Ackroyd who in his book, Exile and Restoration, has drawn attention to the importance of the idea of the exile in the writings of the post-exilic period and has discussed the interpretation of the exile to be found in Daniel 9:24-27. The exile is referred to in many passages that are not dependent on the prophecies in Jeremiah 25 and 29 and Ezekiel 4. Of these the eleven so-called Sin-Exile-Return passages in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs are particularly important. Despite many differences in presentation the writings, that are considered in the chapter, seem to share the view that Israel remained in a state of exile long after the sixth century.

Keywords: Daniel; Exile and Restoration; intertestamental period; Jeremiah



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