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Bibil Identifier bibil:218998
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Edomite Involvement in the Destruction of the First Temple: A Case of Stab-in-the-Back Tradition?
Author Tebes, Juan Manuel
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 219-255 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article investigates the biblical tradition of the Edomite intervention in the fall and destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in 586 BCE. Close re-reading of the relevant biblical passages stripped of the ethnic prejudice against the Edomites demonstrates that the texts reproaching the Edomite behavior are not contemporary to the events they purport to describe, lacking important factual details and being full of theatrical imagery that is a product of their negative attitude towards Edom. I would suggest that the belief of the Edomites’ guilt represents an ancient case of ‘stab-in-the-back’ tradition, so typical of modern defeated societies. Contrary to traditional studies that failed to recognize that nations and national ideas were common in pre-modern times, a ‘perennialist’ perspective demonstrates that the 586 BCE catastrophe represented a major incentive for the burst of cultural nationalism and cultural creativity, but also of feelings of humiliation and embarrassment, xenophobia, ‘lost cause’ legends, ‘divine punishment’ themes and ‘stabin-the-back’ myths, that arose during the exilic and post-exilic periods.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211423731
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Edom : History and Civilization : 1st millennium
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Divided Monarchy (933-587) : End of Judah (687-587) : Zedekiah : Fall of Jerusalem
Pericopes 2 Kings 25
Jeremiah 52
2 Chronicles 36
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