B871 Rebuilding Our House: Community and Theology in the Post-Exile

Explores the social-historical and theological dynamics of the Israelite community in the Persian period (539-331 BCE) by consideration of postexilic biblical texts. Emphasis is placed on the rebuilding of the faith community in its colonized and pluralistic context, conceptions of leadership, the roles of the priesthood and 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.

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