ISBN 9789996060601
Pages 408
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2019
Publisher Mzuni Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Out of Exile, not out of Babylon

The Diaspora Theology of the Golah

by Volker Glissmann

Exile and the disruptioon of the exilic period are prominent features in scholarly reconstructions of what influenced the shaping of biblical books and the development of theological thinking. The Babylonian golah community, as an exilic community, is credited by a growing number of scholars with influencing large parts of the Hebrew Bible. This study addresses the question whether the redactions show signs of an exilic mindset (first generation exiles) or are better understood as a reflection of a diaspora mindset (second/third and subsequent generations). This study also reviews all known archaeological diaspora findings from Mesopotamia in the pre-Hellenistic period (aided by insights from Elephantine) in order to build an as comprehensive as possible picture of Jewish diaspora life in Mesopotamia.

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About the Author

Volker Glissmann

Volker Glissmann is an Old Testament Biblical scholar and Theological Educator. He earned his PhD in Old Testament studies from Queen's University in Belfast and his MA in Theological Education from the London School of Theology. He has been in Malawi since 2010 serving as the Executive Director of TEEM (Theological Education by Extension in Malawi).