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By Daniel Smith-Christopher

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The Christian church keeps to hunt moral and religious types from the interval of Israel's monarchy and has kept away from the gravity of the Babylonian exile. in contrast culture, the writer argues that the interval of concentration for the canonical development of biblical idea is strictly the exile. right here the voices of dissent arose and articulated phrases of fact within the context of failed energy.

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Perspectives on the Question, ed. E. L. Quarantelli (London: Routledge, 1998), esp. Anthony Oliver-Smith, "Global Changes and the Definition of Disaster," 177~94- Quite to the contrary, the creativity of the Hebrew theological and social responses to exile is partly appreciated by the reality of these exilic events, as any modern "theology of exile" must be based on a sober reflection of the reality of the nations among whom such a renewed biblical theology of exile must be practiced. The Problem of Assessing the Importance of the Exile in Biblical Studies Trying to assess the impact of the Babylonian exile is more controversial than one might first suspect.

But even in earlier twentieth-century views, there were signs of different opinions along the way, even if expressed tentatively. In his Studies in the Book of Lamentations, for example, Norman Gottwald considered the reality behind the lamenting poetry to be worthy of notice: "If the enduring memory of events and their impact upon succeeding 9. C. C. Torrey, "The Exile and the Restoration," in Ezra Studies (1910; reprint New York: Ktav, 1970) 285. 10. H. Donner, in Israelite and ]udean History, ed.

Press, 1997) 52. 39. , 63. 40. , 64. 41. T. Alexander Aleinikoff, "State Centered Refugee Law: From Resettlement to Containment," in Engendering Forced Migration: Theory and Practice, ed. Doreen Indra (New York: Berghahn, 1999) 265. holistic models of culture and society unviable is the reality of postwar population movements, transnational capitalism, global telecommunications and the explosion of consumption. " 44 In short, the use of exile as a trope serves, for some, as a kind of identity or stance from which to engage in critical observation of modern circumstances and their historical precedents.

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