The book begins with a thorough introduction to the main critical questions that arise in connection with the book of Ezekiel. It covers the historical-critical agenda but also includes newer approaches and questions, such as psychological issues and the notion that Ezekiel should be regarded as a 'character' within the book. The emphasis is on the insight that many different kinds of questions may illumine a text like Ezekiel. The commentary treats each of the chapters of the book of Ezekiel in turn. The chapter-by-chapter commentary summarizes the main themes of the chapter and raises the main critical issues that arise in relation to the chapter, before proceeding to detailed exegesis.
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Paul M. Joyce is University Lecturer in Theology in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford . He is author of Divine Initiative and Human Response in Ezekiel ( Sheffield , 1989) and numerous articles on Ezekiel, and currently chairs the Society of Biblical Literature's 'Theological Perspectives on the Book of Ezekiel' Section.
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