Thirteen papers are: identifying Judeans and Judean identity in the Babylonian evidence; negotiating marriage in multicultural Babylonia; from Syria to Babylon and back; west semitic groups in the Nippur region between c.750 and 330 b.c.e; Egyptians in Babylonia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods; Babylonian kingship in the Persian period; oa youth without blemish, handsome, proficient in all wisdom, knowledgeable and intelligento; the setting of Deutero-Isaiah; picking up the pieces of the little prince; the reality of the return; Sheshbazzar
, a Judean or a Babylonian?; the impact of the second and third-generation returnees as a model for understanding the post-exilic context; temple funding and priestly authority in Achaemenid Judah.
149), however, that Cyrus did order Sheshbazzar
to give back the temple vessels and to permit the Jews to return to Judah and rebuild their temple, even though there was no decree to this effect that went out to the entire empire.