Babylon Background

Basic Background

Babylon’s Ever-Shifting Past

Scholarship is always changing the past.

Ur and Har(r)an in Bible and History

Narratives of Genesis are tied up with historical places that carried specific meanings we will miss without some background on those ancient places.


 

Books Cited

Babylon by Kriwaczek

Paul Kriwaczek. Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2010)

Everyday Life

Contenau, Georges. Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria (NY: The Norton Library, 1966).

Babylon Complex

Babylon is a surprisingly multivalent symbol in U.S. culture and politics. Erin Runions devotes 300 pages to unpacking…

Israel in Exile (Albertz)

Oft-cited “biblical, historical, literary, and theological masterpiece” exploring the Babylonian Captivity through bible and history.

Song of Exile

Stowe explores Psalm 137 in three parts: History (“…there we sat and wept…”), Memory (“If I forget thee, Jerusalem…”), and Forgetting (“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed…”) with a strong emphasis on the psalm in music and popular culture.

Israel’s Resistance Poetry

“Israel’s earliest responses to earth-shaking changes were cast in the powerfully expressive language of poetry…”

Belshazzar and the Wall

“Mene, Mene, Tekel” Harold Rome (1908 – 1993), from 25th Anniversary “Pins and Needles” (1962) Zimmers, Tighe E. Lyrical Satirical Harold Rome. Jefferson, NY (McFarlandContinue Reading

The Hebrew Bible (Greenspan)

The Hebrew Bible: New Insights and Scholarship. Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Greenspan, Frederick E., ed. (NY: NYU Press, 2008) “There has been aContinue Reading

Tanakh: An Owner’s Manual

Tanakh: An Owner’s Manual: Authorship, Canonization, Masoretic Text, Exegesis, Modern Scholarship, and Pedagogy. Moshe Sokolow. (NY: Ktav, 2015). Moshe Sokolow, a professor at Yeshiva University,Continue Reading

Diaspora Model and Black Theology

In 1973, Charles Shelby Rooks floated the “untested suggestion about a possible new image” for Black Theology: that of an African Diaspora based on theContinue Reading


 

Related Music

Belshazzar and the Wall

“Mene, Mene, Tekel” Harold Rome (1908 – 1993), from 25th Anniversary “Pins and Needles” (1962) Zimmers, Tighe E. Lyrical Satirical Harold Rome. Jefferson, NY (McFarlandContinue Reading

Zion Songs

Some Songs of Zion and Babylon The Abyssinians “Forward Unto Zion” Bob Marley “Zion Train” Don McLean “Waters of Babylon” The Melodians “Rivers of Babylon”Continue Reading

More Resources

Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute sponsors excavations and surveys, operates a museum, publishes many resources, and shares materials on-line.

Bible Readers’ Inventories

Many factors influence how we read any document, including — perhaps, especially — the Bible. Spending some time exploring factors that influence our own readingContinue Reading

 

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