Biblical Ideas of Nationality

Annotation In this collection of essays, drawn from more than a decade of study and publication, Steven Grosby investigates ancient texts (biblical and other) from the perspective of philosophical anthropology.

Author: Steven Elliott Grosby

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

ISBN: 9781575060651

Category: Religion

Page: 269

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Annotation In this collection of essays, drawn from more than a decade of study and publication, Steven Grosby investigates ancient texts (biblical and other) from the perspective of philosophical anthropology. His work is pioneering and provocative and points the way to further research on the idea of nationality in ancient times.

Religion Ethnicity and Xenophobia in the Bible

Also see reference to “link to a homeland” in John Hutchinson and Smith, “Introduction,” in Ethnicity (Oxford: Oxford University ... Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2002), 70.

Author: Brian Rainey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351260428

Category: History

Page: 310

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Religion, Ethnicity and Xenophobia in the Bible looks at some of the Bible’s most hostile and violent anti-foreigner texts and raises critical questions about how students of the Bible and ancient Near East should grapple with "ethnicity" and "foreignness" conceptually, hermeneutically and theologically. The author uses insights from social psychology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, sociology and ethnic studies to develop his own perspective on ethnicity and foreignness. Starting with legends about Mesopotamian kings from the third millennium BCE, then navigating the Deuteronomistic and Holiness traditions of the Hebrew Bible, and finally turning to Deuterocanonicals and the Apostle Paul, the book assesses the diverse and often inconsistent portrayals of foreigners in these ancient texts. This examination of the negative portrayal of foreigners in biblical and Mesopotamian texts also leads to a broader discussion about how to theorize ethnicity in biblical studies, ancient studies and the humanities. This volume will be invaluable to students of ethnicity and society in the Bible, at all levels.

Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality

14. New York Times, January 21, 2009. 15. Denise Kimber Buell, Why This New Race: Ethnic Reasoning in Early Christianity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005). 16. On chosen nations, see Steven Grosby, Biblical Ideas ...

Author: Dorian Llywelyn

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739140914

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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Nationality continues to be an important part of how people identify themselves and others. 'Who am I?' is inseparable from the question 'Who and what are we?' Historically, many nations have made use of the Bible and Christian notions to understand themselves and to justify their political ambitions. Catholic theology, however, has never elaborated on a systematic treatment of nationality. Dorian Llywelyn forges a new approach, treating the nation as a form of culture. He addresses some key questions: How are the religious and national aspects of human identity connected? What does Catholic doctrine have to say about nationality and nationalism? Is there really such a thing as a Christian nation? Is Catholicism compatible with patriotism? Llywelyn's wide-ranging book introduces the reader to contemporary approaches to nationality, nationality, national identity, nationalism and patriotism. Drawing from the insights of sociology, history, and anthropology, he investigates the many ways in which nations and Christianity have intertwined and explores what scripture and twentieth-century papal teaching have to say on the matter. He provides an original, Catholic theology of national belonging, one which is based on the implications of the Incarnation. Examining popular devotions to the Virgin Mary as national patroness and drawing from the metaphysical acumen of the medieval thinker John Duns Scotus, Llywelyn argues for the theological value of nationality and proposes that global community and cultural and national diversity are mutually necessary values.

The Multinational Kingdom in Isaiah

Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality, 13. 17. Jacobson, “Assumed Conflict,” 485–95. 18. Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality, 27. The territory of ancient Israel was understood to have been delimited as sacred territory; ...

Author: Andrew H. Kim

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725270947

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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The kingdom of God functions as a key theme that clarifies the direction of redemptive history. The canonical narrative portrays God's dealing with humanity on both individual and corporate levels. Throughout the history of the church, many have claimed that national Israel is best read as a type of an eschatological consummation of individuals drawn from all nations. However, does the direction of redemptive history consummate with a redemption of individuals or does it include national entities? Do the promises to national Israel become fulfilled typologically through a singular corporate reality or in a multinational kingdom, which includes national Israel? In The Multinational Kingdom in Isaiah, Andrew H. Kim addresses arguments from those who claim that Isaiah serves as a turning point in which national distinctions are erased in the eschatological kingdom. Kim argues that Isaiah envisions a multinational kingdom comprised of Israelites and gentiles with national and territorial distinctions.

I Pledge Allegiance

Stephen Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2002), 249. 15. Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality, 218. 16. Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality, 219. 17. See David W. Bebbington, ...

Author: David Crump

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467449458

Category: Religion

Page: 391

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What does it really mean for Christians to live as faithful kingdom citizens in today’s world? Bitter partisan conflict. State-sanctioned torture. Economic injustice. Ethical corruption. Even a cursory glance over daily news headlines shows a stark contrast between the American political state and the kingdom of heaven. Where, then, does the Christian’s ultimate allegiance lie? In I Pledge Allegiance David Crump issues a clarion call to Jesus’s twenty-first-century disciples, stirring them up to heed God's word and live out their kingdom citizenship here on earth. Closely examining the ethical teachings of Jesus and his apostles in the New Testament and using real-world examples to illustrate the vital issues at stake, Crump challenges Christians to embrace the radical, counterintuitive, upside-down way of Jesus—a way of living and thinking that turns the world’s values on their head, smashes through stale political and cultural conventions, and welcomes God’s kingdom into the very heart of our shared society.

Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future

Biblical Archaeology. ... Emberling, G. (1997) Ethnicity in Complex Societies: Archaeological Perspectives. ... Grosby, S. (2002) Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns). Hall, J.M. (1997) Ethnic ...

Author: Thomas Evan Levy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134937530

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Joint winner of the 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award in the category "Best Scholarly Book on Archaeology" The archaeology of the Holy Land is undergoing major change. 'Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future' describes the paradigm shift brought about by objective science-based dating methods, geographic information systems, anthropological models, and digital technology tools. The book serves as a model for how researchers can investigate the relationship between ancient texts (both sacred and profane) and the archaeological record. Influential archaeologists and biblical scholars examine a range of texts, materials and cultures: the Vedas and India; the Homeric legends and Greek Classical Archaeology; the Sagas and Icelandic archaeology; Islamic Archaeology; and the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ayyubid periods. The groundbreaking essays offer a foundation for future research in biblical archaeology, ancient Jewish history and biblical studies.

In Search of the Hebrew People

... Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2002). 35. For a detailed discussion of this subject, see: Anthony D. Smith, The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and ...

Author: Ofri Ilany

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253033864

Category: History

Page: 224

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A book that “could serve as an effective introduction to German history, biblical studies and modern nationalism, among other fields” (German History). As German scholars, poets, and theologians searched for the origins of the ancient Israelites, Ofri Ilany believes, they created a model for nationalism that drew legitimacy from the biblical idea of the Chosen People. In this broad exploration of eighteenth-century Hebraism, Ilany tells the story of the surprising role that this model played in discussions of ethnicity, literature, culture, and nationhood among the German-speaking intellectual elite. He reveals the novel portrait they sketched of ancient Israel and how they tried to imitate the Hebrews while forging their own national consciousness. This sophisticated and lucid argument sheds new light on the myths, concepts, and political tools that formed the basis of modern German culture.

Reframing Her

Diana Edelman , ' Ethnicity and Early Israel ' , in Mark G. Brett ( ed . ) , Ethnicity and The Bible ( Leiden : E.J. Brill , 1996 ) , pp . 25-55 ( 41 ) . 14. Steven Grosby , Biblical Ideas of Nationality Ancient and Modern ( Winona Lake ...

Author: Judith E. McKinlay

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press

ISBN: 1905048009

Category: Postcolonialism

Page: 195

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How does one read the story of Sarah and Hagar, or Jezebel and Rahab today, if one is a woman reader situated in a postcolonial society? This is the question undergirding this work, which considers a selection of biblical texts in which women have significant roles. Employing both a gender and a postcolonial lens, it asks sharp questions both of the interests embedded in the texts themselves and of their impact upon contemporary women readers. Whereas most postcolonial studies have been undertaken from the perspective of the colonized this work reads the texts from the position of a settler descendant, and is an attempt to engage with the disquietening and challenging questions that reading from such a location raises. Letters from early settler women in New Zealand, contemporary fiction, and personal reminiscence become tools for the task, complementing those traditionally employed in critical biblical readings.

Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9 10

——(2002), Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns. ——(1999), 'The Chosen People of Ancient Israel and the Occident: Why Does Nationality Exist and Survive?', NN 3: 357–80.

Author: Katherine E. Southwood

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191613364

Category: Religion


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This book aims to bring a new way of understanding Ezra 9-10, which has become known as an intermarriage 'crisis', to the table. A number of issues, such as ethnicity, religious identity, purity, land, kinship, and migration, orbit around the central problem of intermarriage. These issues are explored in terms of their modern treatment within anthropology, and this information is used to generate a more informed, sophisticated, understanding of the chapters within Ezra itself. The intermarriage crisis in Ezra is pivotal for our understanding of the postexilic community. As the evidence from anthropology suggests, the social consciousness of ethnic identity and resistance to the idea of intermarriage which emerges from the text point to a deeper set of problems and concerns, most significantly, relating to the complexities of return-migration. In this study Katherine E. Southwood argues that the sense of identity which Ezra 9-10 presents is best understood by placing it within the larger context of a return migration community who seek to establish exilic boundaries when previous familiar structures of existence have been rendered obsolete by decades of existence outside the land. The complex view of ethnicity presented through the text may, therefore, reflect the ongoing ideology of a returning separatist group. The textualization of this group's tenets for Israelite identity, and for scriptural exegesis, facilitated its perpetuation by preserving a charged nexus of ideas around which the ethnic and religious identities of later communities could orbit. The multifaceted effects of return-migration may have given rise to an increased focus on ethnicity through ethnicity being realized in exile but only really being crystallized in the homeland.