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"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah

Jewish Identity and Rebuilding after Exile

[Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah] What did it mean to be Jewish after the Babylonian Exile? Professor Koester examines biblical books that offer differing perspectives. On one end:  Ezra and Nehemiah, which define Israel by the temple, Jewish law, and Jerusalem. On the other:  Jonah, where Israel’s identity is defined by the way it related to the other peoples around it.