Can These Bones Live? The Problem of the Moral Self in the by Jacqueline E. Lapsley

By Jacqueline E. Lapsley

This article is an exegetical learn of the tensions inherent in Ezekiel's figuring out of the human ethical self. The ebook explores the dynamics of those tensions, and efforts to solve them within the textual content.

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It is not clear to me how the passage suggests such a reading. 260-61. 9 William Greenhill, An Exposition of Ezekiel (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994; orig. pub. in 5 vols. 1645-1667), 277. A History of Scholarship 19 no means. "10 But the emphasis on divine initiative in human transformation was not limited to those of a Reformed background. Ernst Hengstenberg (a Lutheran) is representative of those who see the transformation of the human heart as effected by God alone, but who also leave some room for human initiative.

Joyce engages in an extensive critique of the individualism hypothesis, and his systematic emphasis on Ezekiel's corporate orientation is a welcome voice in the discussion of the tensions. In underscoring the corporate emphasis, Joyce helps to shift the discussion further away from framing the question in terms of the individual and the collective (levels of responsibility). Instead, he considers the problem from a different angle: humans are depicted as accountable (first half of Ezekiel), yet they are also depicted as incapable of obedience except as the result of divine enablement (second half of the book).

5 Origen makes this interpretive move as well. 6 David Halperin cites some of the talmudic evidence: '"It once happened that someone read [in synagogue the passage beginning] declare to Jerusalem her abominations [Ezekiel 16:2] when R. Eliezer was present. '" (Γ. Meg. 3[4]:34; parallels in PT Meg. 4:12, 75c, and BT Meg. 25b). R. Eliezer, it should be said, was not famous for his courtesy or tact"' (David Halperin, The Faces of the Chanot: Early Jewish Responses to Ezekiel's Vision [Tubingen: J.

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