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Life In Judah And Babylonin The Sixth Century BC

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This chapter discusses the biblical appraisals of the Judahite community found in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and elsewhere, and discusses what they tell about the situation in Judah during the templeless period. It describes that the biblical evidence does not paint a unified picture of the situation in Judah; rather, it reflects a number of conflicting views. The chapter examines the archaeological evidence and compares it with the two aforementioned biblical portraits of Judah. It also reflect upon the literary quality of the book of Lamentations, a text that in all likelihood was composed by the community in Judah, and what light it can shed upon the question of the geographical setting of Isa 40-55. Finally, it presents briefly at the textual and archaeological data pertaining to the situation in the Babylonian golah, and explore to what extent this data provide a suitable background for Isa 40-55.

Keywords: Babylonian golah; Ezekiel; Isa 40-55; Jeremiah; templeless Judah



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