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Mapping Judah's Fate in Ezekiel's Oracles against the Nations
Lydia Lee
Publication Date
October 2016


A unique study of ancient challenges to identity boundaries

Ezekiel 25–32 contains some of the most virulent speeches directed against Judah's neighboring nations. Some scholars emphasize that the destruction of the nations in chapters 25–32 means the upcoming salvation of God’s people. Other scholars presuppose that the nations are judged by a separate moral standard and render the judgment executed upon the nations irrelevant to that upon Judah. In this study, Lydia Lee postulates a third way to perceive the rhetorical roles of the nations in Ezekiel 25–32. Unraveling the intricate connections between the oracles against the nations and those against Judah, Lydia Lee argues that Ezekiel 25–32 contains a daring message directed not only against the foreign nations, but also against Judah's land, temple, and nation. Lee places Ezekiel 25–32 in a broader context, considering how samples of its early reception within the prophetic book affirm or transform the bleak message about the oblique judgment for the house of Judah.


  • Materials that addresses the historical roles of various nations with Judah for students of Hebrew Bible
  • Critique of widespread assumptions about the absolute antagonism between the nations and the kingdom of Judah in Ezekiel
  • Exploration of the commonalities between Judah and the surrounding nations

Lydia Lee is a postdoctoral research fellow at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. Her articles have appeared in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Revue de Qumran, and Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft .

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