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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.Review:
"This important commentary has been many years in the making...Joyce's command of Ezekiel scholarships is impressive and this commentary is fully to be recommended to anyone seeking an up-to-date and balanced commentary on this prophetic book." —Society for Old Testament Study Booklist (John Day)
Joyce's welcome treatment of Ezekiel in tradition provides extensive discussion of the role of Ezekiel in Judaism, Christianity, and even contemporary culture. He emphasizes the foundational role of the book in the development of the Merkavah tradition and correctly opines that apocalyptic and Merkavah literature may be related. (Marvin A. Sweeney Journal Of Hebrew Scriptures)
"Joyce, one of the major experts on this biblical prophet, offers here a thorough commentary on a notoriously difficult book ... a significant contribution to Ezekiel studies." International Review of Biblical Studies, vol. 54:2007/08
Dr Joyce has put all students of prophecy in his debt with a clear, concise and up-to-date commentary on the book of Ezekiel. This is a thoroughly commended survey of recent studies of the most complex and controversial of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. It explains the problems and recounts and evaluates the proposed solutions to them. From a world where temple-symbolism, ritual-enforced holiness and grotesque visions provided an unfamiliar religious setting, Ezekiel emerges as a figure who upheld human responsibility and awareness of the fundamentally spiritual nature of hope. The commentary should do much to set Ezekiel as a worthy companion alongside the congenial figures of Isaiah and Jeremiah.
—Ronald E. Clements, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College, University of London
Paul Joyce's commentary on Ezekiel is warmly commended. It is unique in the way that it concentrates on Ezekiel's theology, thereby bringing his thought to life.— Jacob Milgrom, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies University of California at Berkeley
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