Ezekiel was a prophet of the Exile. His intended audience was not only the exilic community in Babylon but also the remnant community in Jerusalem after 597 BCE. His prophetic language is highly imaginative and visual. The Book of Ezekiel shows great interest in the cult, ritual and the priesthood of the Jerusalem Temple. The Book contains three great visions in narrative form: the call of the prophet in chapters 1-3; the departure of the divine presence from the doomed temple in Jerusalem in chapters 8-11; and the vision of the new sanctuary of God in the prolonged narrative in chapters 40-48. This unit will examine these three great visions in the Book in some detail. The visions offer a sustained and unique insight into Ezekiel’s understanding of God, both in terms of divine presence and divine absence, and how God is to be worshipped in the new circumstances of exile. The visions offer new hope for a different future.
Indicate a broad knowledge of the background of the Book of Ezekiel in terms of the Jerusalem cult and priesthood in the immediate pre-exilic period
Describe the principal narrative features of the three vision accounts
Formulate several of the key features of Ezekiel’s theology of divine presence/absence
Demonstrate key exegetical skills in reading and interpreting the three texts
Appraise and contrast the varied interpretations of the texts in the secondary literature, thus demonstrating the capacity to deal with a range of approaches to the text.
BS1001C and BS1002C, and two Biblical studies units at second level
Intensive 6 hours per day over six sessions Lectures, seminars, interactive class work, research projects
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3,500 -word essay
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1,500-word seminar paper
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2019
Unit record last updated: 2019-11-11 14:17:43 +1100