Tradition and Interpretation

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Nebuchadrezzar's lines of communication ( Jer. 37:11; 32:1). The Egyptian army withdrew and the siege was resumed. When the Chaldeans succeeded in making a breach in the wall in July 587 B.C., Zedekiah attempted to escape. He was caught at Jericho, brought before Nebuchadrezzar at Riblah, and blinded after having to witness the execution of his sons ( 2 Kgs. 25:7).According to Jer. 52:12, although the breach was made on the ninth day of the fourth month, it was only on the tenth day of the fifth month, that Nebuzaradan, the commander of the Babylonian guard, entered the city and set fire to it and to the Temple. Is this due to different reckonings? Did the city resist another month without its king, in the same way that Samaria had held out for nearly three years?91 Jerusalem was destroyed and the organs of government liquidated. Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, was made governor at Mizpah, a site which recalled Samuel and Saul, rather than David. The attempt to form a community failed, for at the instigation of the Ammonites, who were still at war, Gedaliah was assassinated and his followers forced Jeremiah to flee with them to Egypt ( Jer. 42; 2 Kgs. 25:26). Judah was attached to Samaria as its administrative headquarters. The country remained troubled, for in 582, as the result of another revolt by Moabites and Ammonites, 745 Judaeans were deported Jer. 52:30). The Edomites took the south as far as Hebron, the future Idumea, and the Arabs infiltrated from the east. Such was the situation that those who were repatriated after the Exile found unchanged.
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ALBRIGHT W. F. From the Stone Age to Christianity, 2nd edn., New York, 1957.
BARON S. W. A Social and Religious History of the Jews, i, New York, 1952.
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Kings of Judah', BASOR 143 ( 1965), 22-27; H. Tadmor, "'Chronology of the Last Kings of Judah'", JNES xv ( 1956), 226-30; E. Vogt, Bibl. xxxviii ( 1957), 229-33; A. Malamat , "'The Last Kings of Judah and the Fall of Jerusalem'", IEJ xviii ( 1968),137- 156; id., "'The Twilight of Judah: in the Egyptian-Babylonian Maelstrom'", Congress Volume, Edinburgh 1974, SVT xxviii, 1975, pp. 122-45.
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For a proposed solution, see G. Brunet, "'La Prise de Jérusalem sous Sédécias'", RHR clxvii ( 1965), 157-65; id., Les Lamentations contre Jérémie, Paris, 1968.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction- Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Study xiii
  • I- The Textual Transmission of the Old Testament 1
  • Bibliography 29
  • II- Semitic Philology and the Interpretation of the Old Testament 31
  • III- Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Their Bearing on the Old Testament 65
  • Bibliography 94
  • IV- Pentateuchal Problems 96
  • Bibliography 122
  • V- Old Testament Historiography 125
  • VI- Prophecy and the Prophetic Literature 163
  • Bibliography 187
  • VII- Apocalyptic 189
  • Bibliography 212
  • VIII- Wisdom 214
  • Bibliography 234
  • IX- The Psalms and Israelite Worship 238
  • Bibliography 272
  • X- The History of Israel in the Pre-Exilic Period 274
  • Bibliography 318
  • XI- The History of Israel in the Exilic and Post-Exilic Periods 320
  • Bibliography 349
  • XII- The History of Israelite Religion 351
  • Bibliography 383
  • XIII- The Theology and Interpretation of the Old Testament 385
  • Bibliography 414
  • Index of Authors 429
  • General Index 439
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