Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology by Daniel I. Block

By Daniel I. Block

To many readers the ebook of Ezekiel is a hopeless riddle. even though, if we make the effort to review it, we find that regardless of the strangeness of the fellow and his utterances this is often the main in actual fact prepared of the foremost prophetic books. And if we persist, we additionally detect that from a rhetorical viewpoint, 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. despite 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 subject matter of Kingship in Ezekiel – either his overview of Judah's old kings and his desire for a restored Davidic King/Prince – and the mysterious visions touching on Gog's assault on restored Israel (Ezek 38–39) and in regards to the new temple (40–48). Block brings to undergo a long time of analysis of the e-book to open up clean insights at the historic textual content.

This e-book is a sequel to 'By the River Chebar: historic, Literary, and Theological experiences 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 publication. This assortment is prepared as follows: a basic essay on Zion theology; 3 reviews regarding Ezekiel's notion 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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22–24) However, based on the function of the parts these segments exhibit a strange AA’BB’ pattern, with the interpretation of the second riddle following immediately after the riddle itself, as we would expect, and the interpretation of the first being delayed until the end. Technically, only the first short segment and the first four clauses of verse 22 pertain to Jehoiachin. The remainder of the interpretation concerns a future far beyond him. Although Ezekiel’s main concern in the first scene of this extended and complex metaphor is Jehoiachin, the primary character in the first scene of this riddle is a magnificent eagle (v.

The Sign-act (12:1–16). This prophecy consists of three parts: YHWH’s charge to Ezekiel to perform a strange sign act (vv. 1–6); a summary report of the prophet’s actions in response (v. 7); and YHWH’s interpretation of the significance of the action (vv. 8–16). Although the interpretation ends with a prediction of the destruction of the nation—apparently in fulfillment of the covenant curses in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28—the focus is actually on “the prince” (‫הּנָ ִׂשיא‬,ַ vv. 10–13). The interpretation paints a shocking picture, casting YHWH in the role of a hunter who spreads his net over Zedekiah, captures him, and drags him away to Babylon (v.

No text illustrates Ezekiel’s bi-fold perspective on Israel’s monarchy as dramatically as his metaphoric riddle in chapter 17. The chapter divides into four parts, which, based on the subject matter, are arranged chiastically as follows: A The Riddle of the Cedar Sprig (vv. 2–3) B The Riddle of the Vine (vv. 5–10) B’ The Interpretation of the Riddle of the Vine (vv. 11–21) A’ The Interpretation of the Riddle of the Cedar Sprig (vv. 22–24) However, based on the function of the parts these segments exhibit a strange AA’BB’ pattern, with the interpretation of the second riddle following immediately after the riddle itself, as we would expect, and the interpretation of the first being delayed until the end.

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