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Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile$
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Andrew Mein

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291397.001.0001

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The World of Politics

The World of Politics

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(p.76) 3 The World of Politics
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Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile
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Andrew Mein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291397.003.0004

Ezekiel's oracles of judgement proclaim the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of all the familiar institutions of Jerusalem society. The oracles explain the destruction of Jerusalem as the result of sin: the sins of the ‘house of Israel’ have built up to such a level that Yaweh has no choice other than to leave his temple and city to a certain doom. What are the sins which Ezekiel finds responsible for the fall of Jerusalem? What are the areas of moral competence to which they belong? What are the social contexts which such actions and decisions presuppose? We may build up a picture of the moral world of the book by examining the kinds of action which are important in this condemnation. We have already seen that the majority of the exiles of the first deportation belonged to Judah's upper classes. On the political side, Ezekiel does not ignore social justice, but his dominant concern is foreign policy. This chapter discusses ethics and factional politics in late pre-exilic Judah.

Keywords:   oracles of judgement, Jerusalem, sins, deportation, exiles, social justice, Judah, foreign policy, factional politics

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