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The Book of Ezekiel: Theological and Anthropological Perspectives
Margaret S. Odell, John T. Strong,
SymS 9
Publication Date
October 2000


Deriving from the work of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Seminar on Theological Perspectives on the Book of Ezekiel, these essays exemplify the vibrant dialogue that is inevitable whenever Ezekiel is the topic of conversation. Daniel I. Block, Baruch J. Schwartz, John T. Strong, and Steven S. Tuell explore Ezekiel’s treatment of theological themes, while John F. Kutsko, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Dexter E. Callender Jr., Margaret S. Odell, and Corrine L. Patton tackle the book’s portrayal of human nature. Each essay presents fresh perspectives on Ezekiel’s treatment of theology and anthropology through the use of newer methodologies (e.g., gender analysis and intertextual strategies) alongside more traditional methods of biblical criticism. All of the essays address new questions or challenge the “assured results” of Ezekiel scholarship. Pluralistic in approach, these essays invite continued engagement with this intriguing, complex, and at times exasperating prophet and his book.


Introduction: Ezekiel at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
—Ralph W. Klein

Divine Abandonment: Ezekiel’s Adaptation of an Ancient Near Eastern Motif
—Daniel I. Block

Ezekiel’s Dim View of Israel’s Restoration
—Baruch J. Schwartz

God’s Kabôd: The Presence of Yahweh in the Book of Ezekiel
—John T. Strong

Divine Presence and Absence in Ezekiel’s Prophecy
—Steven S. Tuell

Ezekiel’s Anthropology and Its Ethical Implications
—John F. Kutsko

Shame and Self-Knowledge: The Positive Role of Shame in Ezekiel’s View of the Moral Self
—Jacqueline E. Lapsley

The Primal Human in Ezekiel and the Image of God
—Dexter E. Callender Jr.

Genre and Persona in Ezekiel 24:15–24
—Margaret S. Odell

“Should Our Sister Be Treated Like a Whore?”: A Response to Feminist Critiques of Ezekiel 23
—Corrine L. Patton

Margaret S. Odell is Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. John T. Strong is Professor of Biblical Studies at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.