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Bibil Identifier bibil:117186
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Nehemiah 9-10: Structure and Significance
Author Eskenazi, Tamara Cohn
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 3, Issue: 9)
Year (Publication) 2001
Year (Copyright) 2001
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2001
Year (Reference) 2001
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 19 pages.
Abstract As some have recognized long ago, Nehemiah 9 is the theological centerpiece of Ezra-Nehemiah. Yet, until recently the long prayer has not received the attention that it deserves. The excellent essays about Nehemiah 9 by Rolf Rentdorff and Hugh Williamson stand out as exceptions to the general neglect of the prayer. Fortunately, the neglect has been remedied with some new and important studies that greatly enrich our ability to appreciate Nehemiah 9. This paper has two goals: first it reviews some central contributions to the discussion about Nehemiah 9 made by new studies of Nehemiah 9. Second, it builds upon these studies in order to shed more light on the function and meaning of the prayer. In particular, the paper shows how the three-part structure of Nehemiah 9 discloses a specific response to the challenge of continuity and new beginnings in the postexilic era. The implications of such response are also addressed.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Structural Analysis (Analyse structurelle)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Prayer
Pericopes Nehemiah 9-10
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