(Ezra 10:6): “Wandering about” as a sign of mourning

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In a fascinating article, Michael L. Barré noted the topos of “wandering about” as a symptom of depression and mourning in world literature in general, and in the literature of the ancient Near East and the Bible in particular. Building on his insights, this paper argues that the phrase “he went there” from Ezra 10:6 builds another instance of the topos of “wandering about.” Thus, there is no need to emed MT to “he spent the night there”, as has often been suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalVetus Testamentum
StatePublished - 2021


  • Ezra 10:6
  • Mourning in the Bible
  • Wandering about

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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