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Redaction, Rhetoric, and a New Beginning in Ezekiel 1:1–3:15

Hiebel, Janina Maria (2016) Redaction, Rhetoric, and a New Beginning in Ezekiel 1:1–3:15. Australian Biblical Review, 64. pp. 14-24. ISSN 0045-0308


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This article looks at Ezek 1:1–3:15, in particular at the literary and theological function of the initial vision in 1:4–28. It proceeds in three steps: Firstly, a redaction-critical analysis suggests that the bulk of Ezekiel 1 is, in its oldest parts, a redactional expansion to an older call narrative (2:3–3:15*). Secondly, on this basis, the portrayal of the characters in Ezek 1:1–3:15 – YHWH, the prophet, and the collective House of Israel – receives a diachronic dimension. Thirdly, the development in the portrayal of YHWH in particular indicates the expansion had a rhetorical aim. While the original call narrative, quite classically, legitimated Ezekiel as a prophet and focussed on the transmission of the divine word, the expanded account reinforces YHWH’s greatness and power. Even in its outline the new beginning puts God before anything else. The awe-provoking overture in Ezekiel 1 is at the service of the book’s announcement of judgement and, even more so, of the (yet unfulfilled) restoration promises. The opening chapters of the book of Ezekiel now contain in a nutshell both the tension between the power of God and the rebelliousness of his people and the tension between judgement and deliverance.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Ezekiel, vision account, redaction criticism, call narrative
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 03:43
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2921

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