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Indigenous Elites in the Nehemiah Memoir

By Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley

While there is some disagreement over some of the precise verses, the Nehemiah Memoir (NM) is usually identified as Neh 1:1-7:5; 11:1-2; 12:31-43 but some (including the present author) include parts of 12:27-43 and 13:4-31. It appears to be a report written by Nehemiah (or for him) to the Persian government giving an account of his activities in Jerusalem, and in particular, of opposition which he encountered from local, indigenous elites within and beyond Yehud. See complete essay


King David and the Illusory Judah

By Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

Reading the story of King David, we have always assumed the primacy of David’s connection with Judah. The Bible tells a clear story, or so it seems— David became king of Judah first (2 Sam. 2:4), then king of Israel (2 Sam. 5:1-3). In the past decade, archaeologists and biblical scholars alike have pushed this notion further to argue that David was king of Judah alone (e.g., see Jacob Wright’s article “David, King of Judah (Not Israel)” ). See complete essay


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The Neoliberal Lives of Jesus

By Robert J. Myles

The division of historical Jesus research into three broad quests (Old Quest, New Quest, Third Quest) has attracted much criticism in recent years. The quest terminology draws from the English translation of Albert Schweitzer’s monumental book The Quest of the Historical Jesus (first appearing in German in 1906 as Geschichte der Leben-Jesu-Forschung). Schweitzer’s meta-critical work, in which he reviewed the previous two centuries’ research on the historical Jesus, was regarded as a serious blow to the original quest. See complete essay


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