The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Ceremonial Celebrations Outside the Temple Compound in Ezra–Nehemiah, in Babylonian Ritual Context

The lecture examines three Judean rituals described in Ezra-Nehemiah—the erection of the altar, the public reading of the Torah, and the inauguration of the Jerusalem wall—in the Neo-Babylonian–Persian context. It suggests that the Babylonian rituals observed throughout the Long Sixth Century shed light on, and constitute a relevant cultural context for, consideration of these celebrations as described in Ezra-Nehemiah, which took place in Judah in the seventh month.