Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107-150 by W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

By W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

Essential study at the courting among the Persian empire and the the formation of the ebook of Psalms

In this most recent access within the historic Israel and Its Literature sequence, W. Dennis Tucker Jr. examines the function of Persian imperial ideology within the construction of psalms in publication five of the Psalter and within the shaping of the booklet of Psalms as a complete. even supposing a lot learn has been carried out at the dating among the Persian empire and the construction of biblical texts, the e-book of Psalms has been principally absent from this dialogue. Tucker seeks to rectify this omission by means of illustrating that publication five developed a sophisticated anti-imperial ideology in accordance with the threats imposed from all empires either prior and present.

Features:

  • Close learn of the psalms portrayal of human energy to that of Yahweh
  • Comparison of Achaemenid propaganda to the ideology present in the psalms
  • Evidence drawn from Persian iconography and inscriptions

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Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107-150

Crucial learn at the courting among the Persian empire and the the formation of the e-book of Psalms during this newest access within the historical Israel and Its Literature sequence, W. Dennis Tucker Jr. examines the function of Persian imperial ideology within the production of psalms in e-book five of the Psalter and within the shaping of the booklet of Psalms as a complete.

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Justin notes, interestingly, that Cyrus behaved “more like a grandson than a victor,” again rejecting any notion of Cyrus as tyrant or militaristic overlord. 13 The Cyrus Cylinder recounts the fall of Nabonidus and Babylon to Cyrus, attributing the change in power to Marduk’s displeasure with Nabonidus’s cultic failures (5–7) and oppressive rule. The cylinder records that Nabonidus “repeatedly did that which was bad for his city. ”14 In the Verse Account of Nabonidus, the charges against King Nabonidus are even more damning.

The Achaemenid regime and the Yehud that it controlled can loose their particularities, giving up their distinctive voices to mouth the scripted lines of the grand imperial narrative” (“From Exile to Empire: A Response,” -19- 20 Constructing and Deconstructing Power Liverani suggests an alternative approach to the study of empire, one that is central to the methodological approach of this study. ”), Liverani lays out a different methodology, explaining that the very term “empire” is too often employed in a simplistic manner, without clarifying its specific meaning, as if it designated something obvious, unequivocal, and almost physical in nature.

52 Rows of human subjects stand beneath the throne, bearing the giving further evidence that the pose became associated with ideas of joyous support (The King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art, 149–50). 49. , 153. 50. DNb §2c (Kuhrt, The Persian Empire, 504–5). A similar form of the text found at Persepolis is attributed to Xerxes (XPl), again reinforcing the commitment of the dynasty to a particular imperial ideology. 51. DNb §2e. 52. Kent appears uncertain as to whether the tomb and the inscription at Persepolis should be assigned to Artaxerxes II or III (Old Persian, 155).

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