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CONTENTS Abbreviations vii Approaching Yehud Jon L. Berquist 1 ESSAYS Food, Famine, and Entitlement: Exercising Power in Yehud Zipporah G. Glass 7 Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the Persian Period Melody D. Knowles 13 Intertextuality in the Persian Period Richard Bautch 31 What Mean These Stones? Inscriptions, Textuality and Power in Persia and Yehud Donald C. Polaski 43 Scholars, Witches, Ideologues, and What the Text Said: Ezra 9-10 and Its Interpretation David Janzen 55 "How Lonely Sits the City": Identity and the Creation of History Christine Mitchell 77 "A World under Control": Isaiah 60 and the Apadana Reliefs from Persepolis Brent A. Strawn 91 An Exile's Baggage: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of Ezekiel Jean-Pierre Ruiz 123 Diaspora and Homeland in the Early Achaemenid Period: Community, Geography and Demography in Zechariah 1-8 John Kessler 143 "Riches and Honor Are with Me": A Socioeconomic Reading of Personified Wisdom in Proverbs 1-9 Christine Roy Yoder 173 The Strange Woman in Persian Yehud: A Reading of Proverbs 7 Herbert R. Marbury 189 Qoheleth in Love and Trouble Jennifer L. Koosed 205 Psalms, Postcolonialism, and the Construction of the Self Jon L. Berquist 217 RESPONSES In the Beginning-Again Alice W. Hunt 225 From Exile to Empire: A Response Julia M. O'Brien 231 Bibliography 237 Contributors 269
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D. -- Historiography.
Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D. -- Historiography.
Bible. O.T. -- Historiography.
Yehud (Persian province) -- Historiography.
Judaea (Region) -- Historiography.