Ezra: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) (Hardcover)

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A new translation and commentary on the biblical book of Ezra by the renowned author of two award-winning biblical commentaries
The book of Ezra is a remarkable testament to a nation’s ability to survive and develop a distinctive identity under imperial rule. But Ezra is far more than a simple chronicle; it constitutes a new biblical model for political, religious, and social order in the Persian Empire.
In this new volume, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi illustrates how the book of Ezra envisions the radical transformation that followed reconstruction after the fall of Jerusalem and Judah. The extensive introduction highlights the book’s innovations, including its textualization of the tradition, as well as the unprecedented role of the people as chief protagonists. The translation and commentary incorporate evidence from ancient and contemporaneous primary sources from Egypt, Babylonia, Greece, and Persia, along with new archaeological studies of Judah. With great care and detail, Eskenazi demonstrates how the book of Ezra creates a blueprint for survival after destruction, shaping a new kind of society and forging a new communal identity.

About the Author

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is the Effie Wise Ochs Professor Emerita of Biblical Literature and History at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a two-time National Jewish Book Award winner for The Torah: A Women’s Commentary and The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Praise For…

“The culmination of a lifetime of research on the book of Ezra by a most distinguished scholar.”—Hugh Williamson, University of Oxford

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300149692
ISBN-10: 0300149697
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Pages: 504
Language: English
Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries