The study of Ezra-Nehemiah has been revolutionized in recent years by a growing rejection of the long-established belief that it was composed as part of the Chronicler’s work. That shift in scholarly paradigms has re-opened many questions of origin and purpose, and this thesis attempts to establish an answer to the most important of these: the question of authorship.
Here, Kyungjin Min argues that Ezra-Nehemiah most likely originated in a Levitical group that received Persian backing during the late-fifth century BCE and that valued the ideologies of decentralization of power, unity and cooperation among social groups, and dissatisfaction with the religious status quo.
- Title: The Levitical Authorship of Ezra-Nehemiah
- Author: : Kyungjin Min
- Series: ournal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
- Volume: 409
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 192
About Kyungjin Min
Kyungjin Min received a Ph.D. from the University of Durham and is Lecturer in Theology at Busan Presbyterian University, Gimhae, South Korea.