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The Figure of the Nasi in Ezekiel's Vision of the New Temple (Ezekiel 40-48)

Boyle, Brian (2010) The Figure of the Nasi in Ezekiel's Vision of the New Temple (Ezekiel 40-48). Australian Biblical Review, 58. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0045-0308


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In Ezekiel's tour of the new Temple of the Lord three individuals are identified: the prophet himself, the heavenly guide and the nasi figure. This article focuses on the role, function and privileges of the nasi in the Temple vision text. Previous research on the nasi in Ezekiel has tended to focus on issues about the meaning and use of the term and the relationship between the two terms melek and nasi in the text, used either antithetically or in complementary fashion. The focus here is on a close reading of the text in terms of his privileges and role. The text in Chapters 40-48 deals with the nasi in two related areas: his role in the sanctuary compound as patron of and provider for the cult, and the extensive lands assigned to him in the allotment around the sanctuary precinct. The text clearly presents the nasi as a central figure in Ezekiel's plan of the restored sphere of the sacred. He is the principal lay worshipper and cult patron in this theocratic vision of society.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Old Testament, Ezekiel, Temple, nasi
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: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Users 112 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2011 01:24
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 22:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/890

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