1 Section for Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Biblical Studies, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Culture and Society - Biblical Studies, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
From Complexity and Changeability to order and Stability?Fra kompleksitet og foranderlighed til orden og stabilitet?
The present article reads Ezek 1 as a prologue to the entire book of Ezekiel and deals with the tension between the vision of the living creatures in Ezek 1 and the vision of the temple in the epilogue, Ezek 40-48. It is argued that the vision in Ezek 1 signals complexity and changeability. The prologue is characterized by various kinds of category transgressions (cf. for instance the monstrosity of the living creatures). In Ezek 40-48, the new temple signals the opposite: order and stability. The book of Ezekiel uses both aspects to describe Yahweh as a god who is able to change the situation of the exiles and ensure future stability. A short section discusses passages from Revelation as examples of reuse of motives from the book of Ezekiel in the New Testament.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2008, Issue 1, p. 99-114