Description: The book of Ezekiel has long astonished its readership. In the history of exegesis, the book's (supposed) author has often been regarded as mad or ill, or as suffering from "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" according to a recent diagnosis. The present study radicalizes this approach by investigating the book of Ezekiel as trauma literature. On the basis of a multi-faceted trauma hermeneutics the peculiarities as well as the inconsistencies of the book are shown to be material aspects of a fictionalised trauma process in the context of Israel's experiences of siege warfare and mass deportation in the early 6th century bce. The analysis demonstrates that the potential for violence inherent in the catastrophe has created not only an intense discourse about blame and punishment but also a theologically disturbing picture of a traumatized deity; in both cases the purpose is to assure the survival of Yhwh and the people.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, Ezekiel
Review by Michael S. Moore
Citation: Michael S. Moore, review of Ruth Poser, Das Ezechielbuch als Trauma-Literatur, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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