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By W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

Essential learn at the dating among the Persian empire and the the formation of the e-book of Psalms

In this newest access within the old Israel and Its Literature sequence, W. Dennis Tucker Jr. examines the function of Persian imperial ideology within the production of psalms in booklet five of the Psalter and within the shaping of the ebook of Psalms as an entire. even if a lot study has been performed at the courting among the Persian empire and the construction of biblical texts, the e-book of Psalms has been principally absent from this dialogue. Tucker seeks to rectify this omission via illustrating that e-book five built a sophisticated anti-imperial ideology based on the threats imposed from all empires either earlier and present.


  • Close examine of the psalms portrayal of human energy to that of Yahweh
  • Comparison of Achaemenid propaganda to the ideology present in the psalms
  • Evidence drawn from Persian iconography and inscriptions

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In short, the world that was created by Ahuramazda was the same world meant to be governed ultimately by the Achaemenians. 37 35. DNa §1–2 (Kuhrt, The Persian Empire, 502). Identical language is found on other inscriptions. See, for example, the trilingual inscription that appears on a statute of Darius I found at Susa (DSab) or the trilingual text from the apadana at Persepolis (DPh). Such language is not limited just to texts associated with Darius. See also the royal inscription attributed to Artaxerxes found in Hamadan, A2Hc (Roland G.

The Joyous Participation of Subjects in the Empire In the iconography and texts created by the Achaemenian dynasty, the kings portrayed their rule over the worldwide empire in a way that broke significantly with ancient Near Eastern prototypes. Earlier ancient Near Eastern iconography and related texts alluded to the subjugation of foreign nations, but always portraying the relationship between the king and the subjects as one of antagonism. ”41 Several sculptures and the accompanying inscriptions provide evidence of this form of royal propaganda.

The reign of Cambyses, and in particular his subjugation of Egypt, seems indicative of the claims made by Kuhrt. See also Briant’s assessment of Cambyses’s campaign into Egypt (From Cyrus to Alexander, 50–61). 3. The Dissemination of Imperial Ideology Prior to considering book 5 of the Psalter and the possible responses to the imperial ideology generated by the Achaemenid dynasty, the question of access to such an ideology must be considered. There is ample evidence that Darius, in particular, but subsequent kings as well, sought to disseminate their imperial ideology across the empire.

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