Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile
By (author) Andrew Mein
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Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile by Andrew Mein
Book DescriptionWhereas much recent work on the ethics of the Hebrew Bible addresses the theological task of using the Bible as a moral resource for today, this book aims to set Ezekiel's ethics firmly in the social and historical context of the Babylonian Exile. The two 'moral worlds' of Jerusalem and Babylonia provide the key. Ezekiel explains the disaster in terms familiar to his audience's past experience as members of Judah's political elite. He also provides ethical strategies for coping with the more limited possibilities of life in Babylonia, which include the ritualization of ethics, an increasing emphasis on the domestic and personal sphere of action, and a shift towards human passivity in the face of restoration. Thus the prophet's moral concerns and priorities are substantially shaped by the social experience of deportation and resettlement. They also represent a creative response to the crisis, providing significant impetus for social cohesion and the maintenance of a distinctively Jewish community.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199291397
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The two 'moral worlds' of Jerusalem and exile provide the key to Ezekiel's ethics. The prophet both offers an explanation of the disaster in terms familiar to his hearers' past experience, and provides ethical strategies for coping with the far more limited possibilities of life in Babylonia.
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Author Biography - Andrew Mein
Andrew Mein is Tutor in the Old Testament, Westcott House, Cambridge.
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