Wolfgang OSWALD, "Foreign Marriages and Citizenship in
Persian Period Judah."
Abstract: The prohibition of foreign marriages in the HB
disqualifies both, wives and their offspring. Similar laws
from Greek cities suggest that membership in the popular
assembly was the problem behind, since sons of citizens
gained citizenship rights when of age. Wealthy people were
able to enhance their stance by marrying several wives. The
parallel development suggests that Persian period Israel was
organized like Greek cities: as an association of persons.
Such polities need to control membership.
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Also, I am glad to announce the publication of some new
reviews in JHS:
1. Ahn, John J., Exile as Forced Migrations: A Sociological,
Literary, and Theological Approach on the Displacement and
Resettlement of the Southern Kingdom of Judah (BZAW, 417;
Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2011). (Reviewed by Bob
2. Oshima, Takayoshi, Babylonian Prayers to Marduk
(Orientalische Religionen in der Antike, 7; Tübingen: Mohr
Siebeck, 2011). (Reviewed by Scott C. Jones).
3. Walton, John H., Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology (Winona
Lake, Ind.; Eisenbrauns, 2011). (Reviewed by Izaak J. de
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Also, I am glad to announce that JHS is now offering
hypertext/ hyperlinked versions of all articles and reviews
published from 1996 to 2009 (inclusive of 2009). We are
currently working to include versions of the 2010/2011
articles and reviews.