The Divine Oath, the Book of Ezekiel, and the Polemics of Exile
by Casey A. Strine
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Casey A. Strine explores how the book of Ezekiel uses the exodus origin tradition to craft a national identity for the Judahite exiles in Babylon that contests competing interpretations of the recent past advanced by internal and external opponents. In this study, he demonstrates that Ezekiel utilizes formulaic language - especially YHWH s oath - in order to define Israel s identity around the exodus from Egypt, particularly asserting that YHWH favors a community outside Israel and under foreign oppression. Subsequently, this national identity is employed to refute an autochthonous origin tradition based upon the characters of Abraham and Jacob current among non-exiled Judahites (Ezek 11, 33, 35-36). Strine also argues that this same formulaic language is employed to contradict Babylonian claims that YHWH was powerless to help the exiles. YHWH swearing as I live not only challenges the underlying ideology that the destruction of Jerusalem indicated Marduk had defeated the Judahite deity, it repeatedly introduces passages where YHWH performs actions that the Babylonians would attribute to Marduk.This raises the issue of whether Ezekiel includes a nascent monotheism, which Strine explores with respect to recent contributions.
Sworn Enemies by Casey A. Strine was published by Walter de Gruyter & Co in September 2012. The ISBN for Sworn Enemies is 9783110290547.
|Page last updated||31st March 2013|
|Author / Artist||Casey A. Strine|
|Items in Pack||Contains|
|Publisher||Walter de Gruyter & Co (September 2012)|
|Additional Information||Contains Electronic book text and Book|
|Number of Pages||359|