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date: 29 July 2021

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Ezra and Nehemiah have typically commanded less attention in the history of interpretation than other heroes and heroines from the history of ancient Israel and Judah. Their place in the history of interpretation must be understood within the context of their own liminality. At the same time, however, their liminality also accorded them a connecting role between different divisions or categories, which could on occasion give them a surprisingly prominent position. They are situated between positions like exile and home, author and teacher, continuity and new beginning. While they do not fully occupy these types, they nevertheless serve to connect them, a condition that implies a strong hermeneutic potential.

Keywords: Ezra, Nehemiah, exile, Persia, Torah, liminality

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