B671 Rebuilding Our House: Community & Theology in the Postexile
Explores the social-historical and theological world of the Israelite community in the Persian period (539-331 BCE) by consideration of postexilic biblical texts. Emphasis is placed on the rebuilding and re-“visioning” of the faith community in its colonized and pluralistic context, the roles of community leaders, the priesthood and the temple, concerns about idolatry and purity, and understandings of God and God’s work in the world. Participants will reflect on how this period in Israel’s history challenges and informs Christian faith, proclamation, and mission in the contemporary church.
Instructor(s)Dr. Christine Roy Yoder
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