Enduring Exile: The Metaphorization of Exile in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor
Release Date: December 17, 2010
During the Second Temple period, the Babylonian exile came to signify not only the deportations and forced migrations of the sixth century B.C.E., but also a variety of other alienations. These alienations included political disenfranchisement, dissatisfaction with the status quo, and an existential alienation from God. Enduring Exile charts the transformation of exile from a historically bound and geographically constrained concept into a symbol for physical, mental, and spiritual distress. Beginning with preexilic materials, Halvorson-Taylor locates antecedents for the metaphorization of exile in the articulation of exile as treaty curse; continuing through the early postexilic period, she recovers an evolving concept of exile within the intricate redaction of Jeremiah s Book of Consolation (Jeremiah 30 31), Second and Third Isaiah (Isaiah 40 66), and First Zechariah (Zechariah 1 8). The formation of these works illustrates the thought, description, and exegesis that fostered the use of exile as a metaphor for problems that could not be resolved by a return to the land and gave rise to a powerful trope within Judaism and Christianity: the motif of the enduring exile. "