A case for identity in Ezekiel

In his new book Ezekiel, Law, and Judahite Identity (Mohr Siebeck, 2020), Boston College alumnus Joel B. Kemp highlights how the book of Ezekiel uses legal elements to advocate for the reconfiguration of a Judahite identity under Neo-Babylonian dominance. The consistent presence of juridical diction, legal metaphors, and courtroom imagery reveals that Ezekiel 1-33 is set within a precise juridical framework. Kemp argues that focusing upon these legal elements provides greater clarity and coherence to some passages within Ezekiel 1-33 and articulates a version of Judahite identity under Neo-Babylonian hegemony. Kemp, who earned a doctorate in Biblical studies from BC’s Theology Department, is an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

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