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Memory and the City in Ancient Israel

Edited by Diana V. Edelman, and Ehud Ben Zvi

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ISBN: 978-1-57506-315-7

350 pages
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2014

Memory and the City in Ancient Israel

Edited by Diana V. Edelman, and Ehud Ben Zvi

Ancient cities served as the actual, worldly landscape populated by “material” sites of memory. Some of these sites were personal and others were directly and intentionally involved in the shaping of a collective social memory, such as palaces, temples, inscriptions, walls, and gates. Many cities were also sites of social memory in a very different way. Like Babylon, Nineveh, or Jerusalem, they served as ciphers that activated and communicated various mnemonic worlds as they integrated multiple images, remembered events, and provided a variety of meanings in diverse ancient communities.

 

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Ancient cities served as the actual, worldly landscape populated by “material” sites of memory. Some of these sites were personal and others were directly and intentionally involved in the shaping of a collective social memory, such as palaces, temples, inscriptions, walls, and gates. Many cities were also sites of social memory in a very different way. Like Babylon, Nineveh, or Jerusalem, they served as ciphers that activated and communicated various mnemonic worlds as they integrated multiple images, remembered events, and provided a variety of meanings in diverse ancient communities.

Memory and the City in Ancient Israel contributes to the study of social memory in ancient Israel in the late Persian and early Hellenistic periods by exploring “the city,” both urban spaces and urban centers. It opens with a study that compares basic conceptualizing tendencies of cities in Mesopotamia with their counterparts in ancient Israel. Its essays then explore memories of gates, domestic spaces, threshing floors, palaces, city gardens and parks, natural and “domesticated” water in urban settings, cisterns, and wells. Finally, the studies turn to particular cities of memory in ancient Israel: Jerusalem, Samaria, Shechem, Mizpah, Tyre, Nineveh, and Babylon. The volume, which emerged from meetings of the European Association of Biblical Studies, includes the work of Stéphanie Anthonioz, Yairah Amit, Ehud Ben Zvi, KÃ¥re Berge, Diana Edelman, Hadi Ghantous, Anne Katrine Gudme, Philippe Guillaume, Russell Hobson, Steven W. Holloway, Francis Landy, Daniel Pioske, Ulrike Sals, Carla Sulzbach, Karolien Vermeulen, and Carey Walsh.

Part 1: Opening the Gates—An Introduction and Invitation to Join the Conversation about Cities and Memory

Ehud Ben Zvi

Cities of Glory and Cities of Pride: Concepts, Gender, and Images of Cities in Mesopotamia and in Ancient Israel

Stéphanie Anthonioz

Part 2: Crossing the Gates and Entering into the City (of Memory): Memories of Urban Places and Spaces

Testing Entry: The Social Functions of City-Gates in Biblical Memory

Carey Walsh

Inside-Outside: Domestic Living Space in Biblical Memory

Anne Katrine Gudme

Threshing Floors and Cities

Francis Landy

Palaces as Sites of Memory and Their Impact on the Construction of an Elite “Hybrid” (Local-Global) Cultural Identity in Persian-Period Literature

Kåre Berge

City Gardens and Parks in Biblical Social Memory

Diana Edelman

In Defense of the City: Memories of Water in the Persian Period

Karolien Vermeulen

Cisterns and Wells in Biblical Memory

Hadi Ghantous and Diana Edelman

Part 3: Individual Cities and Social Memory

Exploring Jerusalem as a Site of Memory in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

Ehud Ben Zvi

The Memory of Samaria in the Books of Kings

Russell Hobson

How to Slander the Memory of Shechem

Yairah Amit

Mizpah and the Possibilities of Forgetting

Daniel Pioske

Dislocating Jerusalem’s Memory with Tyre

Philippe Guillaume

Nineveh as Meme in Persian Period Yehud

Steven W. Holloway

“Babylon” Forever, or How To Divinize What You Want To Damn

Ulrike Sals

Building Castles on the Shifting Sands of Memory: From Dystopian to Utopian Views of Jerusalem in the Persian Period

Carla Sulzbach

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

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