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Bibil Identifier bibil:208652
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Commensal Politics in Ancient Western Asia: The Background to Nehemiah's Feasting (continued, Part II)
Author Wright, Jacob L.
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 122, Issue: 3)
Undefined link Commensal Politics in Ancient Western Asia
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 333-352 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Table-fellowship and feasting similar to that described by Nehemiah (Neh 5,17–18) is encountered throughout the ancient world, where it played a central role in displaying power, forming social bonds, and fortifying political alliances. Surprisingly, scholars have rarely brought this comparative data to bear upon the Memoir. The present essay works toward redressing this deficiency by discussing a wide range of biblical and other ancient Near Eastern texts and images related to commensality. It shows how feasting functions within the political calculus of ancient Western Asian rulers as one of the most popular means to promote internal social cohesion and forge external alliances – either as a way of avoiding military conflict or as a prelude to warring against a third party. On the basis of different texts and images, the article demonstrates how feasting as a ritual performance plays an essential role in the construction of victory. The second instalment of this two-part article continues with a discussion of a wide range of ancient Near Eastern texts, engages in theoretical reflections on the disparate material, and finally brings the findings to bear on the interpretation of the Nehemiah Memoir.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.024
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Festival
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Meal
Pericopes Nehemiah 5,17-5,18
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