Foreigners as true worshippers of Yahweh: Isaiah 56:1-8

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Foreigners as true worshippers of Yahweh: Isaiah 56:1-8
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Abstract

The Israelites, who enjoyed an independent religious existence during the monarchy, faced various challenges during the exile and diaspora, challenges that entailed redefinition and a new understanding of themselves. The postexilic period was a crucial age for reconstructing and redefining their new community, their new future and identity.  Living under a foreign regime and among foreigners, this process of emerging as a new community inevitably involved dealing with issues and relationships with “others.” From this experience arose varying perspectives towards foreigners—from very exclusivist, negative perspectives to very open and positive ones....

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