By Stephen L. Cook
Do we reside with the God of Ezekiel? do we relate to a God who has tested a multilayered hierarchy that separates the divine from the human, who creates barriers that segregate humans from the temple, the priesthood, and the respect of the Lord? unlike those that recommend that Ezekiel should still not be learn as an authoritative a part of the canon, the essays during this quantity interact Ezekiel's hierarchical global at once, neither disregarding it out of hand nor accepting it uncritically. via marriage ceremony theological curiosity and mirrored image with severe biblical exegesis and feedback, this paintings is helping readers to appreciate Ezekiel's hierarchical theology - specifically the book's perspectives on production, priesthood, and land. It therefore equips readers to shape their very own reviews of the relevance of Ezekiel's theology for this present day. members contain Daniel I. Block, Keith Carley, Stephen L. prepare dinner, Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Iain M. Duguid, Friedrich Fechter, Julie Galambush, Norman Habel, Risa Levitt Kohn, Corrine L. Patton, David L. Petersen, Baruch J. Schwartz, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, and Steven Shawn Tuell.
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In the authentic prophecies of Ezekiel, there is no distinction between priests and nonpriests with respect to culpability for Judah’s destruction. However, in exile priests found that they needed to maintain group identity, and did so by focusing on genealogies. This eventuality is reflected in the oldest editorial stratum of Ezek 40–48. The next layer of these chapters differentiates between altar servants and temple servants without assigning each a distinct status. Finally, status differentiation further demarcates Zadokites and Levites.
This lineage does not contain the name of Eli, the former priest of Shiloh. 33 Because of the guilt of Eli’s sons, Eli’s line should be extinguished (1 Sam 2:27–36). Ithamar’s lineage obviously was regarded as the lower one,34 because Ithamar had to control the Levites (Exod 38:21; Num 4:28, 33). Zadok, who did not belong to Ithamar’s and Eli’s descendants, thus became the appropriate ancestor of the Jerusalem priesthood. D. The New Exilic Emphasis on Priestly Lineage The tendency of differentiating two castes of priests with different statuses permits certain conclusions about the development of the priesthood in the exile.
9–16). Certainly, this announcement of a new cultic order likewise contains punishment, but this is not referred to as Yhwh’s interruption of history. The result of the punishment is a lasting demotion in status of part of the cult staff. In addition, there is a change from direct address (vv. 6b–8) to a speech in the third person (vv. 9–16). Embedded in this passage we can find another part of a begründete Unheilsankündigung. This one opens with the expression, typical of Ezekiel, r#$) N(y (“because,” v.