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Prophetic Ministry in Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Rochester, Kathleen M.

Leuven: Peeters, 2012 pp. xiv + 261. Ä46.00

Series Information
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology, 65

Description: This study makes a contribution to the understanding of Old Testament prophetic ministry by comparing selected texts from Jeremiah and Ezekiel relating to the call of each prophet, the images of assayer, potter and watchman, their relationships with the temple and their assessments of deviant prophets. The styles of communication of the two prophets are strikingly different. Interpretive clues regarding the reasons for these differences are found in the settings of each book. While Jeremiah and his people are still in the land with the temple present, Yahweh is perceived as close, and the communication between Yahweh, prophet and people is characterised by intimate dialogue. In Ezekielís context, far from the temple and their land, Yahweh is presumed to be distant, and communication between Yahweh, Ezekiel and the people employs more visual content. Comparing two such significantly different prophets gives a range of fruitful insights into the relationship between prophetic ministry and local context.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature, Ezekiel

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Review by Wilhelm J. Wessels
Published 2/22/2013
Citation: Wilhelm J. Wessels, review of Kathleen M. Rochester, Prophetic Ministry in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2013).

Review by Georg Fischer
Published 5/26/2014
Citation: Georg Fischer, review of Kathleen M. Rochester, Prophetic Ministry in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2014).

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