Transforming Visions: Transformations of Text, Tradition, and Theology in Ezekiel

Transforming Visions: Transformations of Text, Tradition, and Theology in Ezekiel

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Synopsis:
This volume includes nine essays that move Ezekiel's creative reuse of older materials to the foreground of discussion. The essays highlight the transformation of earlier texts, traditions, and theology in Ezekiel. They explore the diverse ways that Ezekiel reshapes Israel's legal texts, rituals, oracles against foreign nations, royal ideology, conception of the individual, remembrance of the past, and hope for the future. The work concludes by noting the subsequent transformation of Ezekiel in scribal transmission and in the New Testament.


Endorsements:
"Tooman and Lyons present a wide range of significant scholars who address the key issue in Exilic and especially Ezekiel studies today--why and how did an almost total transformation of Israel's Religion take place during the Exile. Before exile, it was centered on active royal, ritualistic, and oracular activity; after exile, it centered on priestly-legislated and tradition-centered guidance of practical observance. The authors offer important insights on the concepts of idolatry, divine and human kingship, individual versus corporate moral responsibility, the role of divine holiness, the Exodus tradition, the importance of priestly viewpoints, and the way the Book of Ezekiel was written and enlarged. This single volume brings together all major trends in Ezekiel studies today."
--Lawrence Boadt, CSP,
Professor Emeritus, Washington Theological Union


"The present volume, edited by two rising Ezekiel scholars, Michael A. Lyons and William A. Tooman, makes a substantive contribution to the burgeoning discussion of the book of Ezekiel by emphasizing the theme of transformation, understood in relation to the text of Ezekiel, the traditions on which it draws and by which it developed, and its theological perspectives. Each essay engages a different aspect of the study of the book, and thereby opens and advances scholarly dialog in its own right."
Marvin A. Sweeney, from the Foreword


Editor Biography:
William A. Tooman is Lecturer in Old Testament at University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Michael A. Lyons is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Simpson University. He is the author of From Law to Prophecy: Ezekiel's Use of the Holiness Code.



CONTRIBUTORS:
Daniel I. Block, Wheaton College Graduate School
Tova Ganzel, Bar-Ilan University
Paul M. Joyce, St. Peter's College, Oxford University
Beate Kowalski, University of Koblenz-Landau
Thomas Krüger, University of Zurich
Michael A. Lyons, Simpson University
Timothy Mackie, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jill Middlemas, Århus University
Paul R. Raabe, Concordia Seminary
Baruch Schwartz, Hebrew University
William A. Tooman, University of St. Andrews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556352850
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Princeton Theological Monographs
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William A. Tooman is Lecturer in Old Testament at University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Michael A. Lyons is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Simpson University. He is the author of From Law to Prophecy: Ezekiel's Use of the Holiness Code.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations x

Foreword Marvin A. Sweeney xv

Part 1 Transformation of Antecedent Texts in Ezekiel

1 Transformation of Law: Ezekiel's Use of the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26) Michael A. Lyons 1

2 Transformation of Pentateuchal Descriptions of Idolatry Tova Ganzel 33

3 Transformation of Israel's Hope: The Reuse of Scripture in the Gog Oracles William A. Tooman 50

Part 2 Transformation of Tradition and Theology in Ezekiel

4 Transformation of the Image Jill Middlemas 113

5 Ezekiel and Moral Transformation Paul M. Joyce 139

6 Transformation of History in Ezekiel 20 Thomas Krüger 159

7 Transforming the International status quo: Ezekiel's Oracles against the Nations Paul R. Raabe 187

8 Transformation of Royal Ideology in Ezekiel Daniel I. Block 208

Part 3 Transformation of Ezekiel in the Versions and New Testament

9 Transformation in Ezekiel's Textual History: Ezekiel 7 in the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint Timothy Mackie 249

10 Transformation of Ezekiel in John's Revelation Beate Kowalski 279

Index of Scripture 313

Index of Authors 345

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