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Archival Historiography in Jewish Antiquity

Laura Carlson Hasler


If history is narrative, then Ezra-Nehemiah is only partly history. Well over half of Ezra-Nehemiah is not a narrative but rather a patchwork of cited texts that are frequently intervening in the story. The capacity of citations in Ezra-Nehemiah to offend the historiographical, aesthetic, and theological sensibilities of scholars invites the question of what citation accomplishes in this context. This book labels the citation style in Ezra-Nehemiah as “archival historiography.” It argues that the act of citation in Ezra-Nehemiah forms an alternative site of archiving and this hybrid literary f ... More

Keywords: Ezra-Nehemiah, archive, library, empire, historiography, postcolonial, citation, Esther, Second Temple Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190918729
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190918729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Carlson Hasler, author
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bates College