The Book of Ezekiel - Vol. 1

The Book of Ezekiel - Vol. 1

The Book of Ezekiel - Vol. 1

The Book of Ezekiel - Vol. 1

Synopsis

To most modern readers the book of Ezekiel is a mystery. Few can handle Ezekiel's relentless denunciations, his unconventional antics, his repetitive style, and his bewildering array of topics. This excellent commentary by Daniel I. Block makes sense of this obscure and often misunderstood prophet and demonstrates the relevance of Ezekiel's message for the church today.

Excerpt

The publication of this commentary marks the culmination of a laborious but stimulating adventure with the prophet Ezekiel. For the past thirteen years Ezekiel has been my constant companion, taking up all my spare moments and consuming all my spare energy. Little did I realize how arduous a project I had assumed when, in 1983, I accepted the invitation of R. K. Harrison to write a commentary on the book of Ezekiel. the effort has left me breathless not only because of the energy expended but especially because of the vitality of this exilic prophet’s message. No one can spend this amount of time with a person so gripped by the power and Spirit of God, and so forceful in his proclamation of the message he receives from the Lord, and remain unchanged. But at last it is finished! the time has come to move on to other adventures.

For many Christians Ezekiel is too strange and his book too complex and bizarre to deserve serious attention. So the prophet remains a mystery. This commentary has been driven by a single passion: to make this prophecy understandable and meaningful for contemporary readers. in recording my observations I have constantly tried to imagine what questions students of Scripture ask when they pick up the book of Ezekiel. I have been greatly assisted and inspired in this process by hundreds of students and countless parishioners with whom I have had the privilege of sharing my discoveries. As I have been wrestling with this prophet and the written record of his ministry, trying to answer the questions readers ask, I have been guided by several crucial questions, directed at the prophet himself: (1) Ezekiel, what are you saying? (the text-critical issue); (2) Ezekiel, why do you say it like that? (the cultural and literary issue); (3) Ezekiel, what do you mean? (the hermeneutical and theological issue); (4) Ezekiel, what is the significance of this message for me? (the application issue). Accordingly, for each literary unit readers of this commentary will encounter a fresh translation of the Hebrew text with textual notes, a discussion of the style and structure of the . . .

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