By Lester L. Grabbe
Within the first of 4 volumes on A heritage of the Jews and Judaism within the moment Temple interval, Lester Grabbe offers a accomplished historical past of Judah (Aramaic Yehud) in the course of the Persian interval. among the the most important questions he addresses are: What are the assets for this era and the way can we assessment them? and the way can we cause them to “speak” to us throughout the fog of centuries? Grabbe argues that there's a possibility of seeing every thing from a Judaeo-centric perspective, or utilizing the biblical texts and out-of-date secondary fabric to supply the most standpoint in figuring out heritage, while any pupil writing approximately this era may be accustomed to the classical historians and the close to japanese assets in addition. This examine brings jointly and analyzes the unique assets, sifts and evaluates the secondary assets, develops a considerable old synthesis, and issues to components the place extra learn is required. Yehud: A heritage of the Persian Province of Judah bargains the freshest and finished exam of the political and administrative buildings; the society and economic system; the faith, temple and cult; the advancements in suggestion and literature; and the foremost political occasions.
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Original archaeological reports have been consulted where possible, but many of these have not been easily available. This chapter focuses on the area of Judah and the province of Yehud; however, since it is important to be aware of the broader context, the neighbouring regions of Samaria, Phoenicia, Idumaea, and Transjordan are also surveyed. These other areas discussed are divided up roughly according to geographical areas but also take account of what were probably the political divisions. The concentration here is on the artifactual remains.
One topic of debate seems now to have been settled by the most recent excavations: the question of whether the Persian-period settlement took in the Western Hill (Avi-Yonah 1954; Williamson 1984; Eshel 2000; cf. A. Bailey 1990). The various excavations in that area have found no evidence of buildings or occupation for that time, the examples of pottery seeming all to be the result of fill transported from other sections of the city. Thus, the 'minimalist view' now prevails on the dimensions of the city.
Finds include Attic ware of the late fifth and early fourth centuries and a number ofyh and yh(w)d seal impressions. The remains of a large building were found on the northern slope. It appears to have been contained two storeys (in part, at least) and an enclosed courtyard, and covered more than 500 m2. Evidently built in the first half of the fifth century, it was destroyed about 400 BCE, followed by restoration of one wing to be used another half century. Remains of other buildings suggest a rather crowded area of houses with only narrow passages between them on this part of the mound.
A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period: Yehud, the Persian Province of Judah (Library Of Second Temple Studies) by Lester L. Grabbe