By Daniel I. Block
To many readers the e-book of Ezekiel is a hopeless riddle. despite the fact that, if we take some time to check it, we find that regardless of the strangeness of the guy and his utterances this is often the main truly geared up of the main prophetic books. And if we persist, we additionally observe that from a rhetorical point of view, this priestly prophet knew his viewers; he well-known in Judah's uprising opposed to YHWH the underlying explanation for the divine fury that ended in the exile of his humans and the autumn of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BCE. notwithstanding, he additionally famous that YHWH's judgment couldn't be the final word: his covenant is everlasting and irrevocable, and an afternoon of religious renewal and nationwide recovery is anticipated.
This is the second one of 2 volumes of Block's essays at the booklet of Ezekiel. The essays during this quantity discover the topic of Kingship in Ezekiel – either his evaluate of Judah's old kings and his wish for a restored Davidic King/Prince – and the mysterious visions relating Gog's assault on restored Israel (Ezek 38–39) and in regards to the new temple (40–48). Block brings to undergo many years of analysis of the publication to open up clean insights at the old textual content.
This ebook is a sequel to 'By the River Chebar: historic, Literary, and Theological reviews within the ebook of Ezekiel'. just like the experiences in that quantity, these provided the following replicate the author's longstanding curiosity in Ezekiel, the fellow and his ebook. This assortment is prepared as follows: a normal essay on Zion theology; 3 stories relating to Ezekiel's belief of kingship and the Messiah; 3 essays at the Gog oracle (Ezek 38-39); and on Ezekiel's concluding imaginative and prescient (Ezek 40-48).
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If נָ ִׂשיאactually bears a stronger nuance of vassalage, it might have been more natural for Ezekiel to speak of Zedekiah as “installed, set up” as prince by the Babylonian overlord. Cf. ” Duguid (Ezekiel and the Leaders, 57) rightly asserts that here נָ ִׂשיאobviously denotes a king. 13. Ezekiel never uses the expression, though his colleague Jeremiah does (52:2), and the deuteronomistic historian uses it at least eighteen times (1 Kgs 15:26, 34; 14 Transformation of Rogal Ideologg in Eekiel Ezekiel’s Portrayal of the Monarchy in His Day Our understanding of Ezekiel’s disposition toward the history of Israel’s monarchy in general and his adaptation of Israel’s traditions is admittedly grounded largely on negative evidence—in this case absence of evidence is significant.
The common element in the two parts to the riddle involving the cedar sprig (vv. 3–4) and the rebellious vine (vv. 5–10) is the magnificent eagle, cast in the roles of a horticulturalist. Whereas in the first he had snipped off a tender cedar sprig and taken it away (to preserve it), here he takes a seed and plants it in extremely favorable conditions, so that it sprouts and grows into a large vine, sending its branches out in all directions. With this riddle Ezekiel seizes upon traditional images and deliberately adapts and distorts them for rhetorical effect.
Cf. also Frese and Gray “Trees,” 27–28; more recently, Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought, 175–76. 67. Parpola, “Assyrian Tree of Life,” 167. Parpola finds confirmation of this conclusion in the observation that the king sometimes takes the place of the tree between the winged genies. In these contexts the king represented the realization of the cosmic order in man. He is “a true image of God, the Perfect Man” (168). 68. In 31:1–18 Ezekiel develops the motif as a symbol of Egypt in much greater detail.