The Book of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel (6th century B.C.E.) is a book of forceful language and impressive images. Its message is often clear, sometimes mysterious. The book had great impact in Jewish and early Christian literature as well as in western art. This book deals with the intentions of the book of Ezekiel, but also focuses on its use by subsequent writers, editors or artists. It traces Ezekiel's influence in Jesus' teaching about the Kingdom of God, in Paul, the Gospels, and Revelation, and also shows that Ezekiel's imagery, via Jewish mysticism, influenced the visionary art of William Blake. Presenting contributions from leading biblical scholars in Oxford and Leiden, based on their unique collaborative research, this book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars working in the field of biblical studies, including those studying the Hebrew Bible, its early versions, 'inter-testamental' Judaism, New Testament and Early Christianity, and the reception of Biblical literature in later centuries.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Ezekiel as a literary figure and the quest for the historical prophet, Matthijs J. de Jong; Ezekiel 40-42: the earliest 'heavenly ascent' narrative?, Paul M. Joyce; The septuagint of Ezekiel and the profane leader, Arie van der Kooij; Moses' vision of the divine throne in the Exagoge of Ezekiel the tragedian, Pierluigi Lanfranchi; 'Can these bones live?' Ezekiel 37:1-14 and eschatological resurrection, Johannes Tromp; Sodom in Q 10:12 and Ezekiel 16:48-52, Henk Jan de Jonge; The parable of the mustard seed and the book of Ezekiel, Christopher M. Tuckett; 'A letter written on tablets of human hearts' Ezekiel's influence on 2 Corinthians 3:3, Harm W. Hollander; The influence of Ezekiel 37 on 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, Elizabeth R. Hayes; The so-called bridal bath at Ezekiel 16:9 and Ephesians 5:26, John Muddiman; Exile, prophet, visionary: Ezekiel's influence on the Book of Revelation, Ian K. Boxall; The Gog and Magog tradition in Revelation 20:8, Rieuwerd Buitenwerf; Ezekiel's Merkavah in the work of William Blake and Christian art, Christopher Rowland; Indexes.
’... all the contributions to this carefully edited volume deal with the reception history of Ezekiel, and offer a valuable contribution to that topic.’ Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses ’The book provides a good overview of some key aspects of the book of Ezekiel and its Wirkungsgeschichte and will be an essential tool for Ezekiel specialists.’ Journal for the Study of the Old Testament ’This engaging and thought-provoking collection deserves reading not only by Ezekiel scholars but also by those more broadly interested in issues of inner-biblical exegesis and the history of interpretation.’ Catholic Biblical Quarterly