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date: 29 July 2021

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Extrabiblical evidence from the cuneiform record contributes to contextualizing the Judean deportees in the historical, socio-economic, and intellectual narratives of Mesopotamia and the Bible. Assessment of the Exile has flourished for more than three decades in the scholarly literature, with important developments emanating from the archaeological record in Judah. Against recent Exile historiography, new additions to the known relevant cuneiform evidence offer opportunities to refine the models of understanding. Here, the contributions of the contemporaneous Babylonian sources are considered for their impact on understanding chronology and historiography, economic and political history, identity formation, and intellectual contact of the Exile.

Keywords: Babylon/Babylonia, core/periphery, cultural contact, cuneiform, ethnicity/identity, Exile, extrabiblical sources, marriage, onomastics

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