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Author Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Anne, author.

Title Empire, power and indigenous elites : a case study of the Nehemiah memoir / by Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 327 pages)
Series Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism ; volume 169
Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism ; v. 169
Contents Near Eastern empires and indigenous elites : rethinking ancient empire -- Judah on the eve of Persian rule -- Persian practices in Transeuphratene : the wider context of Nehemiah's rule -- Territories and populations : dealing with diversity -- Regions closer to Yehud under Persian rule : indigenous elites in Lycia, Phoenicia, Arabia and Samaria -- Local politics in Achaemenid Yehud prior to Nehemiah -- Nehemiah and local politics : the later Achaemenid period -- Nehemiah's use of "law" in controlling his opponents -- The basis of Nehemiah's lawmaking
Summary Ancient Near Eastern empires, including Assyria, Babylon and Persia, frequently permitted local rulers to remain in power. The roles of the indigenous elites reflected in the Nehemiah Memoir can be compared to those encountered elsewhere. Nehemiah was an imperial appointee, likely of a military/administrative background, whose mission was to establish a birta in Jerusalem, thereby limiting the power of local elites. As a loyal servant of Persia, Nehemiah brought to his mission a certain amount of ethnic/cultic colouring seen in certain aspects of his activities in Jerusalem, in particular in his use of Mosaic authority (but not of specific Mosaic laws). Nehemiah appealed to ancient Jerusalemite traditions in order to eliminate opposition to him from powerful local elite networks
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-314) and indexes
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Subject Nehemiah (Governor of Judah)
Nehemiah (Governor of Judah)
Bible. Nehemiah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Nehemiah.
Judaism and state -- Yehud (Persian province)
Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
Judaism and state.
Judaism -- Post-exilic period (Judaism)
Kings and rulers.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Yehud (Persian province) -- Kings and rulers
Asia -- Yehud (Persian province)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9004292225