Defining All-Israel in Chronicles 978-3-16-154595-5 - Mohr Siebeck

Louis C. Jonker

Defining All-Israel in Chronicles

Multi-levelled Identity Negotiation in Late Persian-Period Yehud

[Die Definition von ganz Israel in den Chronikbüchern. Mehrstufige Identitätsverhandlung im Jehud der spätpersischen Zeit.]

2016. XVII, 358 pages.

Forschungen zum Alten Testament 106

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In this book, Louis C. Jonker aims at contributing to the scholarly methodological discussion on how the category of »identity negotiation« can be applied in the interpretation of later Persian biblical literature such as the book of Chronicles.
In this book, Louis C. Jonker considers more sophisticated and nuanced models for applying the heuristic lens of »identity« in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible book of Chronicles. Not only does he investigate the potential and limitations of different sociological models for this purpose, but the author also provides a more nuanced analysis of the socio-historical context of origin of late Persian-period biblical literature by distinguishing between four levels of socio-historic existence in this period. It is shown that varying power relations were in operation on these different levels which contributed to a multi-levelled process of identity negotiation. Louis C. Jonker shows the value of the chosen methodological approach in his analysis of Chronicles, but also suggests that it holds potential for the investigation of other Hebrew Bible corpora.

Louis C. Jonker Born 1962; BA, HonsBA, MA, BTh, LicTheol and DTh from University of Stellenbosch; since 2010 Professor in Old Testament at the University of Stellenbosch; Congress Secretary of the 2016 meeting of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT).


The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 130 (2018), S. 143–144 (U.B.)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 41.5 (2017) (Carly L. Crouch)
In: Arbeitskreis f.Evangelikale Theologie — (10/2017) (Heiko Wenzel)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 41 (2018), S. 533 (I.K.)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 57–58 (Kenneth Ristau)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (3/2019) (J.H. Price)