Ezekiel's Hierarchical World: Wrestling with a Tiered Reality

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Can we live with the God of Ezekiel? Can we relate to a God who has established a multilayered hierarchy that separates the divine from the human, who creates boundaries that segregate people from the temple, the priesthood, and the glory of the Lord? In contrast to those who suggest that Ezekiel should no longer be read as an authoritative part of the canon, the essays in this volume engage Ezekiel’s hierarchical world directly, neither dismissing it out of hand nor accepting it uncritically. By wedding theological interest and reflection with serious biblical exegesis and criticism, this work helps readers to understand Ezekiel’s hierarchical theology—especially the book's views on creation, priesthood, and land. It thus equips readers to form their own evaluations of the relevance of Ezekiel’s theology for today. Contributors include Daniel I. Block, Keith Carley, Stephen L. Cook, Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Iain M. Duguid, Friedrich Fechter, Julie Galambush, Norman Habel, Risa Levitt Kohn, Corrine L. Patton, David L. Petersen, Baruch J. Schwartz, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, and Steven Shawn Tuell.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004130838
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Series: SBL - Symposium Series, #31
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Cook, Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (1992), Yale University, is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He recently authored the Introduction and Annotations to "Ezekiel" in The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 3d edition.
Corrine L. Patton, Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (1991), Yale University, is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently completing a commentary on Ezekiel 40-48.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : hierarchical thinking and theology in Ezekiel's book 1
Priesthood in exile according to the book of Ezekiel 27
Putting priests in their place : Ezekiel's contribution to the history of the Old Testament priesthood 43
A priest out of place : reconsidering Ezekiel's role in the history of the Israelite priesthood 61
Priest, prophet, and exile : Ezekiel as a literary construct 73
God's land and mine : creation as property in the book of Ezekiel 91
From harshness to hope : the implications for earth of hierarchy in Ezekiel 109
The silence of the lands : the ecojustice implications of Ezekiel's judgment oracles 127
Ezekiel in Abu Ghraib : rereading Ezekiel 16:37-39 in the context of imperial conquest 141
'With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm' : the prophet and the Torah in Ezekiel 20 159
Creation and hierarchy in Ezekiel : methodological perspectives and theological prospects 169
Cosmos, Kabod, and Cherub : ontological and epistemological hierarchy in Ezekiel 179
Proverb performance and trangenerational retribution in Ezekiel 18 199
In search of theological meaning : Ezekiel scholarship at the turn of the millennium 227
Contemporary studies of Ezekiel : a new tide rising 241
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