• The Function of a Conjunction: Inclusivist or Exclusivist Strategies in Ezra 6.21 and Nehemiah 10.29–30?

    Author(s):
    Matthew Thiessen (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Biblical studies, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Conversion, exclusivism, Ezra, passover
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6108G
    Abstract:
    In spite of the genealogical exclusion of non-Israelites evidenced throughout Ezra-Nehemiah, numerous scholars find strategies of inclusivism within the work. In particular, Ezra 6.19-21 and Neh. 10.29-30 have been understood to envision the incorporation of outsiders into the Golah group. After surveying the evidence for exclusivism in Ezra-Nehemiah, this article will present an alternative reading of these specific passages by providing a different interpretation of the function of the waw. It will be argued that, instead of intending to portray outsiders joining the Golah group, Ezra 6.19-21 and Neh. 10.29-30 describe the separation of the Golah group from the impurity of the nations.
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