Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile

Paperback | February 5, 2006

byAndrew Mein

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Whereas 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 andBabylonia 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, anincreasing 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 creativeresponse to the crisis, providing significant impetus for social cohesion and the maintenance of a distinctively Jewish community.

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Whereas 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 andBabylonia provide the key. Ezekiel explains the di...

Andrew Mein is Tutor in the Old Testament, Westcott House, Cambridge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:February 5, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019929139X

ISBN - 13:9780199291397

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Moral Worlds: Ancient Israelite Ethics in a Social Context2. Ezekiel and the Exiles3. The World of Politics4. The Politics of Cult5. Ritual and Ethics6. The `Domestication' of Ethics7. From Responsibility to PassivityConclusion: Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile

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`In this very fine study Andrew Mein both stimulates our interest in the work of the prophet and makes a major advance in the study of Old Testament ethics.'Theology