By Paul M. Joyce
The ebook starts with a radical creation to the most severe questions that come up in reference to the ebook of Ezekiel. It covers the historical-critical time table but additionally comprises more recent techniques and questions, reminiscent of mental matters and the inspiration that Ezekiel might be considered as a 'character' in the ebook. The emphasis is at the perception that many alternative forms of questions may well illumine a textual content like Ezekiel. The observation treats all of the chapters of the publication of Ezekiel in flip. The chapter-by-chapter statement summarizes the most topics of the bankruptcy and increases the most severe matters that come up relating to the bankruptcy, sooner than continuing to targeted exegesis.
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