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Judaism in Persia's Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach Paperback – August 12, 2003
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Joseph Blenkinsopp, University of Notre Dame
This lively account of the influence of Persian history on Hebrew Scriptures, and the people whose faith they express, places the emphasis exactly where it belongs.... Students will welcome this clear introduction not only to the period, the time when a surprising amount of the Bible was written, but also to the issues of method that any serious study of the Bible must address. The book is wonderfully concise yet thorough, informed yet selective, leading the reader at a refreshing pace through the almost astounding number of people, events, changes, tensions, and conflicts.
Robert B. Coote, San Francisco Theological Seminary
A lucid historical overview as well as original research, an invaluable resource for the study of early Judaism. The diverse religious responses in the Persian period offer a way of thinking about religious pluralism in our own time.
David L. Petersen, Iliff School of Theology
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- Publisher : Wipf and Stock (August 12, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592443087
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592443086
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.65 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not enough effort was made to look at the issue from a Persian perspective as well. Thus it has a Western bias. E.g. Alexander is referred to as the 'Great' yet Cyrus is deprived of that title. From an Eastern perspective Cyrus created a civilized and fair empire while Alexander killed and destroyed.
The author claims that the motives for the Persians freeing the Jews were purely economical and for empire building. Yet the bulk of evidence indicated that the reasons were infact humanitarian.
Also the author claims that the religion of Iran at the time was dulaistic. This is also doubtful as they believed in Ahura Mazda (= The Wise Lord) as the creator of all things.