By Jacqueline E. Lapsley
This article is an exegetical learn of the tensions inherent in Ezekiel's knowing of the human ethical self. The publication explores the dynamics of those tensions, and efforts to solve them within the textual content.
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Michael Fishbane In a 1984 article Michael Fishbane struggles with the tensions in Ezekiel, and especially those he sees emerging between chapters 18 and 20. Individual responsibility is an important theme in Ezekiel, according to Fishbane. , ch. 18), because the latter are exclusively directed to the exiles (in contrast to most of the sayings in chapters 4—24 which are directed to Jerusalem). " in Studia Biblica 1978 (JSOTSup 11; ed. E. Livingstone; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1979), 187.
Ch. 20). They emphasized those sections that seem to stress the individual before G o d , and downplayed or ignored those that are more corporate in orientation. 14 Despite his disclaimer that Ezekiel does not present a "consistent individualism," von Rad may serve as representative here: "Auch hier ist es überraschend, dass Hesekiel in keiner Form die altjahwisitische Kollektiworstellung erneuert. Er zerschlagt vielmehr den morsch gewordenen Kollektivismus noch vollends, weil er zu einem bequemen Schutz geworden war, sich dahinter v o r Jahwe zu verbergen.
18 did. "'81 Likewise Klein sees the prophet oriented toward different purposes at different moments: "Because repentance is the goal of this chapter [ch. 18], the new heart and spirit are described as human achievements. " 82 It is entirely possible for the prophet's speech to address varying concerns with different audiences, but to suggest that this adequately explains the tensions and inconsistencies in the prophetic discourse is to beg the question: What lies beneath these tensions? What is the fundamental problem or need that the prophet is addressing, that these tensions should surface in this way?