Deirdre N. Fulton

Reconsidering Nehemiah's Judah

The Case of MT and LXX Nehemia 11–12

[Neuauswertung des Juda bei Nehemia. Der Fall MT und LXX Nehemia 11–12.]

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Deirdre N. Fulton investigates the history of Judah during the late-Persian and Hellenistic Periods by analysing Nehemiah 11–12. These chapters exhibit changes in the lists and the procession narrative, preserved in two different traditions, within the MT (Masoretic Text) and the LXX (Greek Septuagint).
In this work, Deirdre N. Fulton examines the differences in the MT and LXX texts of Nehemiah 11–12. She portrays the rebuilding of Judah by focusing on the people who settled in Jerusalem, a catalog of settlements in Judah, a list of temple personnel, and a narrative of the dedication and procession around the walls of Jerusalem. In this systematic study the author analyzes the textual divergences and changes these chapters underwent over time. While both traditions cast Nehemiah 11–12 in Persian period Judah, the textual divergences between the MT and LXX reveal intentional changes that occurred during the Hellenistic period.

Deirdre N. Fulton Born 1976; 1998 BA; 2002 MA; 2011 PhD; 2012–13 Research Fellow at Boston College; 2012–13 Lecturer at the Department of Theology at Boston College; since 2013 Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Department of Religion at Baylor University.


The following reviews are known:

In: Review of Biblical Literature — (11/2016) (Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer)
In: Revue Biblique — 124 (2017), S. 141–142 (Étienne Nodet)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 128 (2016), S. 334–335 (U.B.)
In: Bibliotheca Orientalis — 73 (2016), S. 493–494 (Bob Becking)