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Bibil Identifier bibil:219841
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Whispered Utopia
Title (English, ) Dreams, Agendas, and Theocratic Aspirations in Yehud
Author Cataldo, Jeremiah W.
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 24, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 53-70 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract To provide collective meaning to displacement and subsequent immigration, the authors of the Persian-period Hebrew texts such as Ezra-Nehemiah construct a schema of theocratic utopia. To be clear, however, the expressed theocratic aspirations of the golah community can only be de-scribed in utopian terms because a theocracy had never existed previously in the histories of Israel or Judah. Using Thomas More's model of Utopia this article compares the agendas and aspirations recorded in relevant Persian-period Hebrew texts to selected components or structures of Utopia. It will al-so express a working definition of theocracy and explain why it should be read in utopian terms. While the similarities will be informative, the differ-ences will reveal different visions of utopia; More's will stem from a more social-economic base while that portrayed in the Hebrew texts will stem from a particular religious base. For both, visions of a utopian society are encour-aged by circumstances in which conflict appears to balefully outweigh con-sensus.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2010.491602
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Exile : Situation in the Land of Israel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Ezra
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Nehemiah
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