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Word and Spirit in Ezekiel - The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies v. 447 (Hardback)
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Word and Spirit in Ezekiel - The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies v. 447 (Hardback)

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Two fundamental experiences of Yahweh in the Old Testament are an encounter with the 'word' of Yahweh and an encounter with the 'spirit' or 'wind' or 'breath' (rva-) of Yahweh. This thesis explores 'word', rva-, and their relationship in the book of Ezekiel. According to the dominant paradigm for explaining the emphasis on rva- and its relation to Yahweh's word within the book of Ezekiel, the prophet Ezekiel is recovering from the pre-classical prophets, or even pioneering, an emphasis on rva- in prophecy that is conspicuously absent from the classical, writing prophets. This reading interprets the emphasis on rva- in Ezekiel in terms of the self-authentication of the ministry of the prophet. This book examines the relationship between rva- and prophecy in Ezekiel and in the rest of the Old Testament, and shows that the dominant paradigm requires modification. The emphasis on Yahweh's rva- in Ezekiel, even the 'prophetic spirit', is best understood in relation to the book's concern for the transformation of its addressees. The prophet Ezekiel's experience of Yahweh's rva- and his own obedience to Yahweh's call are clearly contrasted with the disobedience of the prophet's addressees in order to present Ezekiel as a model for the addressees of the book. His experience illuminates for them how the dramatic vision of the future can become a reality in their experience. Yahweh's rva- has a fundamental role in the envisaged obedient response to Yahweh's word, both of Ezekiel and of the book's addressees.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567026224
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 652 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The prevalence and activities of the Spirit in Ezekiel have long been items of scholarly concern. In this excellent book, a revision of his Ph.D. thesis (Middlesex University, 2004), James Robson argues persuasively that the divine in Ezekiel is better understood when it is set in relation to the concept of the divine word. D. Nathan Phinney, Malone College, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 8 (2008)--Sanford Lakoff
"This study is well crafted and connects with other approaches to prophecy, discarding attempts to define distinctive modes of prophetic inspiration and instead exploring written prophecy's role within disintegrating communities." 32.5 (2008) --Sanford Lakoff "Journal for The Study of the Old Testament "
"James Robson argues convincingly that word and spirit are so entwined in the book of Ezekiel that they expand the concepts of both words. Encounters with Yahweh's word and Yahweh's spirit are central to the prophet Ezekiel's life and to the book bearing his name, he writes.... Robson has written a rich book that summarizes earlier work on Ezekiel (Allen, Zimmerli, Blenkinsopp, Clements, Greenberg, and Block) and adds his own significant contribution. He presents a credible argument that Ezekiel is the model Yahweh provides for how to follow Yahweh in a new season in Israel's life. In addition, Robson sees an emphasis on Yahweh as a creator. He mentions the connection between Isaiah and Ezekiel in terms of Yahweh as a creator, and perhaps that should be a topic for another book." Robin Gallaher Branch, Crichton College, Hebrew Studies 50 (2009)--Sanford Lakoff
"This book...is a welcome addition to the ever-increasing stream of publications on the book of Ezekiel...The book is very well written and easy to read. The author states his case clearly, and his critique of other scholars is fair. It can be recommended for all scholars interested in the book of Ezekiel and in the rhetoric of prophecy." H. F. Van Rooy, RBL, 2/2008--Sanford Lakoff

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