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Functions of gôi in a Tripartite Structure of Ezekiel

  • Korean Journal of Old Testament Studies
  • Abbr : KJOTS
  • 2020, 26(3), pp.14-43
  • DOI : 10.24333/jkots.2020.26.3.14
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Old Testament Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology
  • Received : June 30, 2020
  • Accepted : July 28, 2020

Kim, Rae Yong 1

1협성대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper investigates the functions of gôi in each element of a tripartite structure of Ezekiel. For this, I analyzed contents, structures and syntax in each element. First, a judgment oracle against Israel(ch. 1-24) is the first stage of Yahweh's restoration program composed by four elements and it describes systematically both sins of Israel and contents of her judgments with a term gôi. Here a unique thing is that an intention of Yahweh’s judgment is related to Israelite's repentance and their recognition of Yahweh. In this view, the oracle can be the first stage for Yahweh's restoration program. Second, a judgment oracle against foreign nations(ch. 25-32) is the second stage of Yahweh's restoration program composed by three elements and it describes systematically both sins of foreign nations and contents of their judgments with a term gôi. Here a unique thing is that sins of foreign nations are related to both insults against Israel and arrogances against Yahweh. This is a supporting evidence that judgments of foreign nations are closely related to the restoration of Israel. In this view, the judgment oracle against foreign nations can be another stage for Yahweh's restoration program. Third, a salvation oracle for Israel(ch. 33-39) is the third stage of Yahweh's restoration program composed by four elements and it describes systematically both restoration of Israel and salvation of Israel with a term gôi. The first stage and the second stage are presented as an introduction and now the third stage becomes a blueprint. In particular, the four elements mentioned here serve as a specific blueprint for the Yahweh' restoration program. Accordingly, this study might be a great help for understanding of both an intention of a tripartite structure of Ezekiel and functions of gôi mentioned in the structure.

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