By Anne Fitzpatrick-Mckinley
Old close to jap empires, together with Assyria, Babylon and Persia, usually accepted neighborhood rulers to stay in energy. the jobs of the indigenous elites mirrored within the Nehemiah Memoir might be in comparison to these encountered in other places. Nehemiah was once an imperial appointee, most probably of a military/administrative history, whose undertaking was once to set up a birta in Jerusalem, thereby proscribing the facility of neighborhood elites. As a devoted servant of Persia, Nehemiah dropped at his undertaking a specific amount of ethnic/cultic colouring visible in sure points of his actions in Jerusalem, particularly in his use of Mosaic authority (but no longer of particular Mosaic laws). Nehemiah appealed to historical Jerusalemite traditions so that it will put off competition to him from robust neighborhood elite networks.
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Editrice & Libreria, 2003). See 2 Kgs 16:17. 24 CHAPTER 1 rulers, other biblical texts see the opportunities of imperial rule (for example, Isai 41:1–5; 42:1–7; 44:28–45:7; 45:1–20; Ezra 1:1). 164–70) 1 Macc 14:16–23 (cf. 170). For detailed discussion see E. Gruen, “Fact and Fiction: Jewish Legends in a Hellenistic Context,” 72–104 in Hellenistic Constructs: Essays in Culture, History and Historiography. Edited by P. Cartledge, P. Garnsey and E. Gruen (Berkeley: University of California, 1997).
Now the new dimension of imperial presence or periodic interference in the form of landholders, governors and other officials is introduced, and these undoubtedly wanted to oversee and sometimes to restrict these relations between indigenous elites. For centuries such relations had been personal and will have remained so, but the added dimension of imperial officials—who no doubt used diplomatic as well as coercive measures—complicated matters, increasing competitiveness and intrigue and facilitating enhancement of wealth and power among some local elites, while others suffered social diminishment.
42 P. Kohl, “The Ancient Economy, transferable technologies in the Bronze Age World System: a view from the north eastern frontier of the Ancient Near East,” 13–24 in Centre and Periphery in the Ancient World. Edited by M. Rowlands, M. Larsen, K. Kristiansen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 16. It is important to point out that household economies still operated everywhere on a daily basis and indeed “hidden economies” were probably enhanced by imperial structures which created new economic opportunities (for discussion of hidden economies see Given, The Archaeology of the Colonized, 164).