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Title: Prophetic ministry in Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Author: Rochester, Kathleen Margaret
ISNI:       0000 0003 8197 2700
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2009
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This study seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of Old Testament prophetic ministry by offering a close comparison of selected texts from two different, yet related, prophetic books: Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The approach is canonical, based on the received text. Texts on key areas of prophetic ministry are examined exegetically then compared. These relate to the prophet's call (J er 1: 1-19, Ezek 1-3), worker images for prophetic ministry (assayer Jer 6:27-30, potter modelled on Yahweh's work in Jer 18:1-12, and watchman Ezek 33:1-20), the prophet's relationship with the temple (Jer 7:1-15, Ezek 8-11) and assessment of deviant prophets (Jer 23:9-32, Ezek 13). Although each of these prophets remembers an experienced call and is sent out as Yahweh's messenger, their styles of communication are strikingly different. It is the contention of this thesis that a serious acceptance of the settings given in each book provides interpretive clues regarding the reasons for these differences. In Jeremiah, where his people are still in the land with the temple present, Yahweh is perceived as close and the communication between Yahweh and prophet is characterised by intimate dialogue. Jeremiah's communication to the people is focused on Yahweh's spoken word, the medium of proximity. Where Ezekiel and his people are conscious of distance from their temple and land, Yahweh is also presumed to be distant. Communication between Yahweh and Ezekiel is more distant, Ezekiel is often spectator rather than participant. His communication to the people is more visual and more distant. Jeremiah's call for the people to 'turn' back to listen to and obey suggests that a break has not fully developed; Ezekiel's call to respect the 'holiness' of Yahweh suggests that the relationship must begin again from a more distant point before drawing close to a place of intimacy. Comparing two such significantly different prophets gives a range of fruitful insights into the relationship between prophetic ministry and local context.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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