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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W e s e c th is in the r e c u r r e n t m o t i f o f s e l f - l o a th in g o n th e p a r t o f s u r v i ­ v o r s . w h e t h e r a c c i d e n t a ll y s p a r e d o r the r e c ip ie n ts o f G o d ' s u n d e s e r v e d d e liv e r a n c e . S e lf - lo a th in g is fo u n d a t 6 :9 ; 2 0 :4 3 a n d 3 6 :3 1 . T h e r e la te d m o t i f o f s h a m e is f o u n d a t 16:52 . 5 4 . 6 1 . 63 a n d 3 6 :3 2 ( c f. 7 :1 8 ; 4 3 : 1 0 11: 4 4 : 1 3 ) . In s e v e r a l c a s e s s u r v i v o r s illu s tra te t h e d e s e r v e d a n d j u s t n a t u r e o f th e p u n i s h m e n t th a t h a s ta k e n p la c e : 12:1 6 a n d 1 4 : 2 2 - 2 3 (cf.

A n d y e t th e la n g u a g e o f r c p c n t a n c c is b y n o m e a n s a b s e n t, a s I h a v e a c k n o w l e d g e d . It m a y in d e e d b e in p a r t iro n ic ( " w o u l d th a t y o u h a d . . " ) , b u t s o m e f u r th e r a c c o u n t n e e d s to b e g iv e n o f its p r e s e n c e . W i t h i n th e c o n t e x t o f th e b o o k o f E z e k ie l a s a w h o l e the c a l l s m a y a l s o b e s e e n a s a n tic ip a t in g a tim e w h e n Y h w h w ill g r a n t a n e w b e g i n n i n g .

17 a n d 19), the m o ra l h o r i z o n is h e r e m u c h m o r e lim ite d . M o r e o v e r , r e s t o r a t i o n is n o t in v i e w , f o r E z e k 18 fa ils to relate fu lly to th e in s titu tio n a l a n d c o m m u n a l life o f a r e s to r e d Israel. C h a p t e r 14 to o is r e le v a n t h e r e : " I t is h ig h ly s ig n if ic a n t t h a t t h e t w o m o s t u n e q u iv o c a l c a lls for r e p e n t a n c e c o m e in c h a p t e r s 14 a n d 18 w h i c h . . c a n b e s e e n a s m o s t d ir e c tly r e fle c tin g th e p r e s e n t s i tu a ti o n o f th e e x i l e s " ( M e i n 2 0 0 1 a : 2 1 2 ) .

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