By Henry McKeating
A much-neglected prophet, Ezekiel is however a key determine in outdated testomony faith. status the place he does, on the nice situation aspect of Israel's heritage, the exile, he confronts the fundamental questions, can the kingdom survive?, and, may still it? Ezekiel represents the priestly strand in Israel's considering, which lays such weight at the temple because the position of the presence of God. How can the state be sustained whilst it's been disadvantaged of its conventional position of worship? Ezekiel's answer is that the presence of God continues to be on hand, even within the land of exile, yet that the presence is but to be restored to its right position in Jerusalem. just like the different volumes within the previous testomony courses sequence, this compact research of Ezekiel should be a lot favored by way of the coed turning to the learn of the prophet for the 1st time.>
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5. There is a disinclination to split up the priestly and the prophetic elements in the book. 6. There is a very widespread recognition that however the core of material original to the prophet and to the exilic period is defined, it has received considerable additions and expansions, probably in a multiplicity of stages and over a very long period. I shall now examine the work of one or two scholars whose views are typical of this broad consensus, and outline their conclusions. The first is Georg Fohrer.
Wilson, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980), pp. 282-86. 4 THE HISTORY OF EZEKIEL CRITICISM: 1900-1950 IT HELPS TO CLARIFY the picture, and to introduce a little order into the apparent chaos of conflicting critical opinions about the book of Ezekiel, if we observe that the study of the book has passed through a number of fairly well defined phases. The word 'fairly* must be given due weight. For the sake of clarity, I shall distinguish three major phases, but for the sake of accuracy it must be acknowledged that the phases overlap.
He does see evidence that some of the material was delivered orally, but he thinks that Ezekiel wrote down his own sayings, and later added expansions of his own. The dates which appear in the book apply to the sections immediately following them, but other material, not relating to those specific dates, has been spliced in. Some of this splicing, according to Fohrer, was done by Ezekiel himself. Fohrer therefore attributes a good deal less to editorial revision than some other critics. He distinguishes a number of primary collections, which have been put together at an editorial stage.