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Who is the Superpower? 1[3] Esdras 3-4

O'Hagan, Angelo (2005) Who is the Superpower? 1[3] Esdras 3-4. In: Wisdom for Life. Australian Theological Forum Series (16). ATF, Hindmarsh. ISBN 1 92069 129 4

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Angelo O’Hagan entices the reader to follow his tracks in his exploration of 1 Esdras entitled “Who is the Superpower? 1 [3] Esdras 3-4”. O’Hagan deals with the text as “a witty piece of wisdom rhetoric” (p. 14). The witty piece revolves around the riddle set at the banquet of King Darius where the question is posed to the satrapies present,
“What thing is strongest”? The answers given are wine, the king, women and finally the correct answer, truth, delivered by Zerubbabel. O’Hagan considers whether the
fourth answer is an addition, but an addition that fits the wisdom convention of “the three and the four”. The outcome of the wisdom contest is that King Darius is led to
justice towards the captive people of Judea. O’Hagan refers the reader to other writings of the same period where truth and justice are interrelated.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Truth, justice, wisdom, Darius, Zerubbabel
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 02:22
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2009 02:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/161

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