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Bibil Identifier bibil:222751
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) National "Beauty" and Yahweh’s "Glory" as a Dialectical Key to Ezekielian Theology
Author Willis, John T.
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 34, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 1-18 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The message of the book of Ezekiel is addressed to three nations: Phoenicia (chaps 26-28), Egypt (chaps 29-32), and Judah. Its judgment oracles are predominantly “announcements of doom.” But at certain junctures the author states the “reason” for the coming destruction. In each case, the fundamental “reason” for imminent divine punishment is trust in one’s own “beauty” (yph): Phoenicia (27:3, 4, 11; 28:12, 17); Egypt (31:3, 8, 9); Judah (16:14, 15, 25). In stark contrast to this self-fascination, Yahweh’s “glory” (kbd) appears in a theophanic vision recurring throughout the book: over against Phoenicia (18:22), Egypt (31:18, by implication), and Judah/Jerusalem (1:28; 3:12, 23 [2x]; 8:4; 9:3; 10:4 [2x], 18, 19; 11:22, 23; 43:2 [2x], 4, 5; 44:4). This dialectic between Yahweh’s “glory” and nations’ preoccupation with their own “beauty” seems to be the theological thread which holds the book of Ezekiel together.
DOI 10.1163/187122012X602567
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Ezekiel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Glory
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Beauty
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