The Art of Negotiation in Ezra–NehemiahI noted the publication of the book here and here.
Yet it is ethically problematic to turn a blind eye to, or excuse, the exclusion or expulsion of local persons and family members simply because Ezra or Nehemiah declare them to be a threat. Rather than accepting the authors’ perspectives wholesale, we might begin by asking what the ancient writers were trying to say and why.
See Also: Negotiating Power in Ezra-Nehemiah (SBL Press, 2016).
By Donna J. Laird
Adjunct, Ashland Theological Seminary
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The temple and the wall in Ezra-Nehemiah
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION: