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The nature of the conflict in Ezra-Nehemiah1

Wouter C. van Wyk, A. P.B. Breytenbach
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 3/4 | a1889 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i3/4.1889 | © 2001 Wouter C. van Wyk, A. P.B. Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Wouter C. van Wyk, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
A. P.B. Breytenbach, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The text of Ezra-Nehemiah relects a severe conlict situaion in post-exilic Judaean society. However, the text is unclear about crucial issues such as the identity of the parties involved, the aims of the different parties, and even the roots of the conlict. A close analysis of the text reveals that what is portrayed as an external conlict clearly has a serious internal dimension too. The heart of the conlict lies not so much in disputes over land and building rights, but rather in the central issue of access to the community of returned exiles.

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