TEE module: History and Theology of the Exile

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those wishing to attend the module, you can check the bibliography list below or on STM TEE forum. take note of the free books that you can download form the internet. they are required readings.


History and Theology of the Exile (2008 Updated)

Aims of the Course

In this course, students will cover the historical period immediately before the Jewish Exile in 587 BC to the early period after the Exile. The various events and causes that led to the Exile will be explored. What were the social, religious and political developments during the Exile? How did the people struggle to interpret theologically over the catastrophe? What were some of the works written in this formative period of the Exile and the early post-Exilic period? How can we appropriate the metaphor of exile today in our 21st century?

Selected Bibliography (* compulsory readings)

Ackroyd, Peter. Exile and Restoration. London: SCM, 1968.

Albertz, Rainer. A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period. Vol. 2. London: SCM, 1994.

*___________. Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B.C.E.. Tr. D. Green. Studies in Biblical Literature 3. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003. Electronic version of the book is available from link below:

http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/onlinebooks.aspx or


Bright, John. A History of Israel. London: SCM, 1955.

Brueggemann, Walter. Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986.

Carroll, Robert P. When Prophecy Failed: Reactions and Responses to Failure in the Old Testament Prophetic Traditions. London: SCM, 1979.

Foerster, Werner. From the Exile to Christ: A Historical Introduction to Palestinian Judaism. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1964.

Grabbe, Lester E. Leading Captivity Captive: ‘The Exile’ As History and Ideology. JSOTSupp. 278. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

Gowan, Donald E. Bridge Between The Testaments: A Reappraisal of Judaism From the Exile to The Birth of Christianity. Pittsburgh: Pickwick Press, 1980.

Hayes, John H. and J.M. Miller. Israelite and Judean History. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1977.

Kaufmann, Y. The Religion of Israel: From Its Beginning to the Babylonian Exile. New York: Schoken, 1960.

*Klien, Ralph. Israel in Exile: A Theological Interpretation. OBT. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979. Selections of the book can be found on the author’s website below:

Chapter 2: ‘The Secret Things and the Things Revealed: Reactions to the Exile in the Deuteronomistic History’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/secret.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

Chapter 3: ‘Saying Yes to Exile--and No! Reactions to the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/chap3.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

Chapter 4: ‘Yahweh Faithful and Free: Ezekiel's Response to Exile’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/faithful.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

Chapter 5: ‘Yahweh Willing and Able--Second Isaiah's Response to the Exile’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/Willing.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

Chapter 6: ‘When Memory Is Hope: The Response to Exile in P’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/Memory.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/ 2008

__________. ‘Exile’.
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Doc4/exile.doc Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

___________. ‘Going Home – A Theology of Second Isaiah’.
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Doc4/going.pdf Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

___________. ‘Book of Chronicles’. From ABD.
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/ABDChr.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

___________. ‘God of the Chronicler’.
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Doc4/fretterry.pdf Date Accessed: 14/4/ 2008

___________. ‘The Message of P’.
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Doc4/wolff.pdf Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

___________. ‘Passion, Vitality, and Foment. The Dynamics of Second Temple Judaism’
http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/harrelson.htm Date Accessed: 14/4/2008

Muilenburg, James. “The History of the Religion of Israel”. in IB, Vol. 1, pp. 292-348.

*Newsome, James D. By The Waters of Babylon. Atlanta: John Knox, 1971. Electronic version of the book available at link below:
http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=101619263 Date Accessed: 15/4/2008

Raitt, Thomas E. A Theology of Exile: Judgement/Deliverance in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1977.

Smith, Daniel L. The Religion of the Landless. Bloomington: Meyer-Stone Books, 1989.

Smith-Christopher, Daniel L. A Biblical Theology of Exile. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.

Articles on ‘Exile, The Exilic Period’ in IB, IDB, NBD, ABD, ISBE, NIDOTTE, NIB.

Articles on ‘Deuteronomistic History’ in IB, IDB, NBD, ABD, ISBE.

Articles on ‘Priestly Writer, Priestly Writings etc.’ in IB, IDB, NBD, ABD, ISBE.

Articles on the ‘Chronicler, Chronistic History, Book of Chronicles etc.’ in IB, IDB, NBD, ABD, ISBE.

Major Commentaries on Chronicles, Lamentations, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55), Psalms.



For 2 Credit Hour course (In-campus elective):
One long assignment (2,000-2,500 words)
One application paper (1,500-2,000 words)

For 3 Credit Hour course (TEE)
Two long assignments (2,000-2,500 words each)
(or one long and two short assignments)


A Suggested Course Outline

1.0 Introduction to The Babylonian Exile of 587 BC

2.0 The Historical Period Prior to the Babylonian Exile
2.1 The Northern Kingdom of Israel
2.2 The Southern Kingdom of Judah
2.3 The Rise and Fall of the Assyrians
2.4 The Rise of the Neo-Babylonians

3.0 The Babylonian Exile of 587 BC
3.1 The Exile
3.2 Causes That Led to the Exile
3.3The Effects of the Exile on the Jews

4.0 The Historical Period of the Exile
4.1 Life in the Babylonian Gola
4.2 Life in the Egyptian Gola
4.3 Life in the Palestinian Gola

5.0 Creative Responses to the Exile
5.1 Prophetic Writings During the Exile
5.1.1 Jeremiah
5.1.2 Ezekiel
5.1.3 Second Isaiah

5.2 Other Writings During the Exile
5.2.1 Lamentations
5.2.2 Exilic Psalms

5.3 Other Writings Immediately After the Exile
5.3.1 Deuteronomistic History
5.3.2 The Priestly Writings
5.3.3 The Chronicler History

6.0 The Historical Period Immediately After the Exile
6.1 The Restoration Period/Second Temple Period
6.2 The Preaching of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi

7.0 The Metaphor of Exile
7.1 Exilic Mentality
7.2 Exilic Spirituality

8.0 Using the Exilic Metaphor Today in the 21st Century
8.1 Exodus and Exile Paradigms
8.2 Responding to 'Exile situations'
8.3 Responding to 'Exilic mentality'
8.4 Developing 'Exilic spirituality'


chils said…
I can't go into Questia for the Waters of Babylon as I have already used up my Free Trial once upon a time!
anthony said…
i click the link and it went straight in. i didn't even have to sign into questia. that means, you don't enter questia but go from the link.
pearlie said…
I wish I could take this but even after I give my schedule another go to see if I can fit it in - no can do :( :( I will be out of country/town the week before and the week after. My family will kill me if I do this and disappear from home for 3 weeks in a row. :(
anthony said…
sorry to hear that, as it is better to be with family.

the only setback - this is an elective. not sure when it will come around the 2nd time! and it might not.
pearlie said…
I know ... and this will be the second one I miss after Kar Yong's session on parables, also a one-hit-module -- not a good year for me.
anthony said…
family still comes first compared with studies.
Kar Yong said…
hi pearlie,

agreed with the reb - family comes first la...parables can wait....but don't go into exile ah...
pearlie said…
very funny ...
haha ... but yeah, I agree too, and thanks :)

it was songs over parables (I was away in Singapore performing under Grace Notes); and now
it is home over exile! hahah ...
anthony said…
home over exile? home still better any time.