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Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations
Lee, Lydia

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. xvii + 297. $49.95

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Ancient Near Eastern Monographs, 15

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Description: Ezekiel 25–32 contains some of the most virulent speeches directed against Judah's neighboring nations. Some scholars emphasize that the destruction of the nations in chapters 25–32 means the upcoming salvation of God s people. Other scholars presuppose that the nations are judged by a separate moral standard and render the judgment executed upon the nations irrelevant to that upon Judah. In this study, Lydia Lee postulates a third way to perceive the rhetorical roles of the nations in Ezekiel 25–32. Unraveling the intricate connections between the oracles against the nations and those against Judah, Lydia Lee argues that Ezekiel 25–32 contains a daring message directed not only against the foreign nations, but also against Judah's land, temple, and nation. Lee places Ezekiel 25–32 in a broader context, considering how samples of its early reception within the prophetic book affirm or transform the bleak message about the oblique judgment for the house of Judah.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Ezekiel

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Review by John T. Strong
Published 6/28/2018
Citation: John T. Strong, review of Lydia Lee, Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by Tobias Häner
Published 8/9/2018
Citation: Tobias Häner, review of Lydia Lee, Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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