By Daniel I. Block
To many readers the e-book of Ezekiel is a hopeless riddle. despite the fact that, if we make the effort to check it, we find that regardless of the strangeness of the guy and his utterances this can be the main truly equipped of the main prophetic books. And if we persist, we additionally become aware of that from a rhetorical standpoint, this priestly prophet knew his viewers; he well-known in Judah's uprising opposed to YHWH the underlying explanation for the divine fury that led to the exile of his humans and the autumn of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BCE. besides the fact that, 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 overview of Judah's old kings and his wish for a restored Davidic King/Prince – and the mysterious visions pertaining to Gog's assault on restored Israel (Ezek 38–39) and about the new temple (40–48). Block brings to endure many years of analysis of the publication to open up clean insights at the historical textual content.
This ebook is a sequel to 'By the River Chebar: ancient, Literary, and Theological reports within the booklet of Ezekiel'. just like the stories in that quantity, these offered the following mirror the author's longstanding curiosity in Ezekiel, the fellow and his e-book. This assortment is prepared as follows: a normal essay on Zion theology; 3 experiences relating to Ezekiel's conception 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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Ps 7:2; 10:9; 17:12; 22:13, 21[12, 20]. Cf. also Prov 28:15 and 1 Pet 5:8. 25. Isa 5:29; Hos 5:14. 17 Beyond the River Chebar His dens with mangled flesh () ְ ט ֵר ָפה. 26 His notoriety spreads quickly to the surrounding nations, who combine forces to capture him and drag him off with hooks to Egypt. 27 Jehoiakim Though some argue that Ezek 18:10–13 applies to Jehoiakim, the only clear reference in Ezekiel to this king, the son of Josiah by a second wife, Zebidah (2 Kgs 23:36), occurs in the second part of this dirge (Ezek 19:5–9): When she realized her wait was in vain, and her hope had vanished, She took another one of her cubs, and appointed him a young lion.
For a neo-Assyrian representation see the seal of Ashurbanipal, IBD 2:907. Cf. also the Israelite seal inscribed, לשמע עבד ירבעם, “belonging to Shema’ servant of Jeroboam [II],” with a beautifully carved lion emblem. See IBD 1:753. 31. In Rev 22:16 “Lion of the tribe of Judah” serves as a messianic title. 20 Transformation of Rogal Ideologg in Eekiel known it. The people may not bank on the dynastic promise of Gen 49:8–9 as grounds for their security in the face of the Babylonian threat. Jehoiachin Jehoiachin’s name occurs only once in Ezekiel, in the editorial clarification of the context of the prophet’s inaugural vision and commission as prophet (1:2).
What about the future? If the point of Ezekiel’s judgment is to demolish the pillars on which the people have based their security, the aim of his restoration oracles is to declare that the judgment will not be the last word. Ultimately, because the promises of YHWH are in fact irrevocable, the people cannot be forever divorced from the land; they will not be forever divorced from YHWH; YHWH will not abandon his temple forever; and the Davidic house will not be eliminated forever. After the judgment, in the distant future, the house will be reconstructed, which means that David will be back.
Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block