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date: 29 July 2021

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As Yahwists negotiated their religion in the Persian period, they brought their inherited understandings of worship, theology, and religious personhood into a socio-political context very different from that of their forebears. Further, in a context where Yahwism now existed beyond the borders of Yehud, different Yahwistic communities constructed aspects of their religious life in ways different from each other as well. Exploring practices that perceptibly reflect and reinforce particular understandings of divine-human relations with respect to time and space (namely pilgrimage, sacrifice, and prayer), this chapter highlights the diversity, innovation, and re-use of tradition evident in both the textual and archaeological record of Yahwistic worship.

Keywords: Yahwistic religion, figurines, prayer, diaspora, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles, Trito-Isaiah/Third Isaiah, Book V of Psalms, post-exilic period

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