Description: Stephen L. Cook offers an accessible translation and interpretation of the final sections of Ezekiel. These chapters, the most challenging texts of scripture, describe the end-time assault of Gog of Magog on Israel and provide an incredible visionary tour of God’s utopian temple. Following the approach of Moshe Greenberg, the author of the preceding Anchor Yale Bible commentaries on Ezekiel, this volume grounds interpretation of the book in an intimate acquaintance with Ezekiel’s source materials, its particular patterns of composition and rhetoric, and the general learned, priestly workings of the Ezekiel school. The commentary honors Greenberg’s legacy by including insights from traditional Jewish commentators, such as Rashi, Kimhi, and Eliezer of Beaugency. In contrast to preceding commentaries, the book devotes special attention to the Zadokite idea of an indwelling, anthropomorphic “body” of God, and the enlivening effect on people and land of that indwelling.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches, Ezekiel
Review by Tova Ganzel
Citation: Tova Ganzel, review of Stephen L. Cook, Ezekiel 38–48: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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