Leadership, Social Memory and Judean Discourse in the Fifth - Second Centuries BCE
The theme of leadership played an important role in ancient Israel and its discourse. It was explored time and again through memories of proper, improper and in-between leaders and through memories of particular institutions like monarchy, priesthood, and prophethood. The ways in which this theme was shaped, reflected and explored through social memory and how, in turn, those memories played a socializing role within the community is the focus of this collection of essays.
Although the nature and limitations of kingship, both native and foreign, is a central theme of many of the essays, the volume includes discussions of both official and unofficial local leadership within an empire setting, alternatives to royal leadership like theocracy, charismatic judgeship, and Greek-style tyrants, as well as considerations of Greek political discourse on the best type of leadership.
Published: Dec 30, 2016
The volume ... is for the attention of all concerned with the theme of "dominion" in the Old Testament and its Greek-Hellenistic context.
Zeitschrift für alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Achieves its overall goal of opening up discussion of Judaean political thought of the period and all those wishing to explore this topic will need to interact with these papers.
Journal of Semitic Studies
There is much thoughtful material here.
Society for Old Testament Study Book List
The essays of Bos, Berge, and Fitzpatrick-McKinley are the primary reasons for reading this volume and provide the broadest perspective on the research question of the construction and remembering of political leadership in Judaea in the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods. Many of the other essays have technical details useful for the study of a specific biblical book or theme.
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research