Ezekiel and the Leaders of Israel by Dr Iain Duguid

By Dr Iain Duguid

This article explores the attitudes expressed within the e-book of Ezekiel in the direction of many of the assorted management teams inside of Judean society: the monarchy, the monks and Levites, the prophets, and the lay readership (including z qenim, sarim and different ruling classes). the writer advances the view that there's a coherent and attached perspective taken towards those management teams during the ebook: these singled out for the main reproach in Ezekiel's critique of the prior are marginalized in his plan for the long run, whereas those that break out blame are assigned positions of honour. it isn't easily a question of tinkering with the prestige of a unmarried team in society, yet particularly an intensive and entire restructuring, designed to prevent repetition of the sins of the previous.

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And therefore to display a negative tone of voice (Verfassungsentwurf, 88). Certainly Ezekiel 46:18 does suggest that the past rulers abused their powers. However, if regulations designed to avoid the repetition of past abuses are construed as having a negative tone then Ezekiel 44:23f. must be extremely antagonistic towards the Zadokite priesthood (cf. Ezek. 22:26)! Rather than having a negative tone, this passage seems simply to indicate that the future rulers, like most other sectors of society, will operate under a different set of rules in the future.

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Pharaoh, king of Egypt. The king of Babylon. The king of Babylon. Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Unspecified kings "of many peoples". The king of Babylon. The kings of Edom. 57 The future ruler of the re-united kingdom. The new David. Referent The nasi' is wrapped in despair. The nasi' in Jerusalem ( = Zedekiah). As 12:10. The n'si'im of Israel (= Jehoahaz and Jehoiachin? ). 60 21:17[12] "The n'si'im of Israel are thrown to the sword along with my people".

1"" Ezekiel 7:27; 12:19 (cf. 12:10,12); 22:29 (cf. 61) 45:16; 45:22; 46:3; 46:9. The others are Ezekiel 33:2 and 39:13. 127 Or four of the seven including Ezekiel 45:16. 121 Verfassungsentwurf, 111. 122 123 30 CHAPTER 1WO (hakkohen hammiiJia/J) and not the nasi'. 129 Indeed Leviticus knows nothing of the nasi'; only of one among several. 28}. 132 But those who act to represent the whole community (kol-'adat yiSra'el) when it sins are not the n•si'im but the elders of the community (ziqne ha'edd).

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