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Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation

Strine, C.A.; Crouch, C.L.

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C.A. Strine

C.L. Crouch carly.crouch@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

In addressing the theological crisis of the exile, Ezekiel relies on the mythology of the divine king who goes out to battle against the forces of chaos, commonly referred to as the Chaoskampf. This article explores how Ezekiel employs this imagery to reconfigure Yhwh’s relationships with Babylonia, Egypt, and Judah. In lieu of the now-defunct Judah, Ezekiel identifies the king of Babylon as Yhwh’s earthly agent for establishing order; Egypt is (re)confirmed as the exemplary human chaotic force, opposing Yhwh and his Babylonian agent; and Judah’s status is rendered a variable predicated on its political allegiances. Ezekiel’s scheme allows the native Judahite Chaoskampf theology to remain intact, at the expense of drastic changes to the relationship between the Judahite monarch and his patron deity, Yhwh.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature
Print ISSN 0021-9231
Electronic ISSN 1934-3876
Publisher Society of Biblical Literature
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 132
Issue 4
Institution Citation Strine, C., & Crouch, C. (2013). Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation. Journal of Biblical Literature, 132(4), doi:10.2307/42912472
DOI https://doi.org/10.2307/42912472
Keywords Kings, Oracles, Kingship, Mythology, Theology, Psalms, Weapons, Divinity, Sheep herding, Swords
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.2307/42912472
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information c2013 Society of Biblical Literature

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