In the Shadow of Empire

Barmash, Pamela & Mark W. Hamilton (eds.). 2021. In the shadow of empire: Israel and Judah in the long sixth century BCE. Atlanta: SBL Press.

The essays in this volume revisit issues of exile and occupation during the sixth century BCE through texts, iconography, and material culture. Unlike previous studies that focused narrowly on the Babylonian exile of the Judahite elites, this volume widens the geographical and temporal scope to include the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Empires. Contributors Pamela Barmash, Ryan P. Bonfiglio, Caralie Cooke, Lisbeth S. Fried, Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, Mark W. Hamilton, Matt Waters, and Ian D. Wilson lay a firm foundation for future work on the long sixth century.

Table of contents:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Figure Credits
  • Introduction: The Long Sixth Century (Mark W. Hamilton and Pamela Barmash)
  • Success and Failure, Resistance and Submission: Nuanced Identities and Relationships during the Return and Early Persian Period (Pamela Barmash)
  • The Art of Control: Iconography ofthe Early Achaemenid Empire (Ryan P. Bonfiglio)
  • Controlling the Narrative: The Babylonian Exile as Chosen Trauma (Caralie Cooke)
  • Bury Me with My Fathers: A Voluntary or a Forced Return Migration? (Lisbeth S. Fried)
  • The Exiles ofEmpires in Prophetic Images ofRestoration (and Micah 4:8-5:1 [ET5:2]) (Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor)
  • “Empire” as a Political Category and Reflections on It in Centers and Peripheries (Mark W. Hamilton)
  • The Far Side ofthe Long Sixth Century: Mesopotamian Political Influences on Early Achaemenid Persia (Matt Waters)
  • Remembering the Future: Prophetic Literature’s Archives of Exile and Judah’s Social Memory in the Persian Era (Ian D. Wilson)
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
  • Ancient Sources
  • Index Modern
  • Authors
  • Index
  • Subject Index