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Title: Gentile Incorporation into Israel in Ezra-Nehemiah?
Author(s): LAU, Peter H.W.
Volume: 90 Issue: 3 Date: 2009
In contrast to other texts dated to the post-exilic period, Ezra-Nehemiah is well known for its separatist policy towards gentiles. Two exceptions in EN are the possible participation of foreigners in the Passover ceremony (Ezra 6,19-21) and the community pledge to follow the Torah (Neh 10,29). An examination of antecedent Passover celebrations reveals that participation in the Passover marks out those who are members of ‘true’ Israel. This article argues that these cases indeed exhibit an anomalous inclusiveness, and discusses how it can be understood within the wider ethno-theological thrust of EN.