Ethnicity and 'the Myth of the Reborn Nation': investigations in collective identity, monotheism and the use of figurines in Yehud during the Achaemenid period
Hulster, Izaak de (2014)
Hulster, Izaak de
The Donner Institute, Åbo Akademi
Dr Izaak. J. de Hulster is a post-doc researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland (and Habilitand at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany). His current research focuses on the history of religion in Yehud during the Achaemenid period and in particular on issues concerning figurines. One of his other projects addresses Aram and Israel in the Iron Age. His long-standing interest is in iconographic exegesis, on which he has published the monograph Iconographic Exegesis and Third Isaiah (Mohr Siebeck, 2009, an abbreviated version of his PhD thesis, Utrecht 2008). He has also co-edited Iconography and Biblical Studies (2009, together with Rüdiger Schmitt), as well as Image – Text – Exegesis (The Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies 288, 2014, together with Joel M. LeMon) and the textbook Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: An Introduction to Its Theory, Method, and Practice (forthcoming 2014/15, together with Brent A. Strawn and Ryan P. Bonfiglio).
The myth of the reborn nation’ was one of the results of my recent research on figurines, the history of the religion of Yehud, and the rise of monotheism. The purpose of this paper is presenting a discussion about ‘the myth of the reborn nation’ from the perspective of ethnicity.