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Unity and Disunity in Ezra–Nehemiah
Redaction, Rhetoric, and Reader
Edited by Mark J. Boda, Paul L. Redditt

Until the late 1960s the scholarly consensus was that Chronicles–Ezra–Nehemiah was a single, unified literary work. Then arguments began to be mounted for treating Chronicles as a distinct composition, and the majority of scholars were swayed by these arguments, though others retained the older consensus view. In recent years, some scholars have begun to suggest that Ezra and Nehemiah are distinct literary entities.

This new debate is the occasion for the present volume. Here scholars from around the globe (Canada, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Korea, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States) showcase current scholarly explanations for the final shape of this literary complex known as Ezra–Nehemiah. Fourteen scholars present their approach to the unity or disunity of this literature employing research methodologies that range from the diachronic to the synchronic.

Critical responses to this emerging research are provided by three reviewers (Joseph Blenkinsopp, Tamara Eskenazi and Hugh Williamson) whose work laid the foundation in earlier decades for much of the discussion today. The result is a rich conversation which provides an enlightening resource for the study of these biblical books in particular as well as for reflection on the impact of one’s interpretive framework on the study of ancient literature in general.


Mark J. Boda is Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilto, Ontario.
Paul L. Redditt is Professor in the Department of Religion, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 17
978-1-906055-40-0 hardback
Publication June 2008

Contents
INTRODUCTION
Mark J. Boda and Paul L. Redditt

THE FUNCTION OF COVENANT ACROSS EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Richard J. Bautch

REDACTION IN THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH: A FRESH PROPOSAL
Mark J. Boda

LEAVE NEHEMIAH ALONE: NEHEMIAH’S ‘TALES’ AND
FIFTH-CENTURY BCE HISTORIOGRAPHY
Margaret Cohen

WHO WROTE EZRA–NEHEMIAH—AND WHY DID THEY?
Lisbeth S. Fried

HOLINESS AND PURITY IN EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Hannah K. Harrington

THE CRIES OF JERUSALEM: ETHNIC, CULTIC, LEGAL, AND GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES IN EZRA–NEHEMIAH
David Janzen

SCRUTINIZING THE CONCEPTUAL UNITY OF EZRA AND NEHEMIAH
Christiane Karrer-Grube

NEHEMIAH WITHOUT EZRA?
Kyung-jin Min

THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL BY GOD’S WORD IN THREE EPISODES FROM EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Douglas J.E. Nykolaishen

THE DISUNITY OF EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Juha Pakkala

THE DEPENDENCE OF EZRA–NEHEMIAH ON 1 AND 2 CHRONICLES
Paul L. Redditt

NEHEMIAH 8 AND THE AUTHORITY OF TORAH IN EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Titus Reinmuth

CONTEXTUALIZATIONS OF EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Armin Siedlecki

SEEKING, FINDING AND WRITING IN EZRA–NEHEMIAH
Jacob L. Wright

RESPONSES

EZRA–NEHEMIAH: UNITY OR DISUNITY?
Joseph Blenkinsopp

UNITY AND DISUNITY IN EZRA–NEHEMIAH: RESPONSES AND
REFLECTIONS
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi

MORE UNITY THAN DIVERSITY
H.G.M. Williamson