A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, the Exile and the Torah by Risa Levitt Kohn

By Risa Levitt Kohn

This booklet examines intimately the presence of priestly and Deuteronomic language and ideas within the ebook of Ezekiel. It asks: what's the nature of the connection among Ezekiel and the Priestly resource? what's the nature of the connection among Ezekiel, Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic historical past? the place does the e-book of Ezekiel stand within the evolution of Israelite historical past, theology and literature-specifically, and what can Ezekiel educate us in regards to the composition of the Torah?

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26). They must observe the same holy days (Exod. 19; Lev. 29) and fundamental dietary laws25 (Lev. 12), thus the injunction that there be 'one Torah for the citizen and for the 22. See also Jer. 24. 23. Compare Ezek. 7. 24. The biblical resident alien, however, could never become a 'naturalized' citizen. See M. Smith, Palestinian Parties and Politics that Shaped the Old Testament (New York: Columbia University Press, 1971), p. 178. 25. He is specifically prohibited from ingesting blood. 40 A New Heart and a New Soul stranger residing among you' (Exod.

107. Burrows, Ezekiel, p. 14. 108. Burrows, Ezekiel, p. 14. 24 A New Heart and a New Soul borrowed from this material using the same techniques as when quoting pre-exilic material. 110 Burrows found 40 expressions common to H and Ezekiel. '111 Burrows recognized that determining the relationship between P and Ezekiel was crucial in his effort to present Ezekiel as a late pseudepigraphic text. If it could be shown that Ezekiel was earlier than P, his theory would crumble. 112 Burrows first listed 26 examples to illustrate how the two sources utilize similar vocabulary with differing meanings and contexts.

Based on his collection of similar terms and phrases, Burrows concluded that Ezekiel was familiar with and quoted from JE, Amos, Hosea, portions of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Zephaniah. In fact, he believed that every conceivable criterion of dependence (even those he initially distrusted) could be found in Ezekiel. 107 Burrows did not believe that Ezekiel had copies of these works before him. 108 Burrows then compared Ezekiel with writings he viewed as exilic or postexilic, including Deuteronomy, H and P.

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