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The apocalyptic solution of the visions

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Ezra's dialogue with the mourning woman serves as a bridge between the dialogues with Uriel and the more typically apocalyptic symbolic dream-visions, in which Uriel takes on the role of angelus interpres. This chapter makes the case that the three symbolic visions succeed in consoling Ezra where Uriel's arguments failed partly because they address Ezra's concerns about Israel's fate that are left hanging in the dialogues. The elements of national restoration eschatology in the visions serve to balance Uriel's insistence on God's impartial justice in the dialogues. The vision of the Mourning Woman introduces a new theological perspective on the problems raised in the dialogues. In contrast to Uriel's eschatological wisdom in the dialogues, which emphasized each individual's responsibility for his or her ultimate fate, the visions focus on the eschatological fulfillment of God's promises to Israel.

Keywords: apocalyptic solution; dream-vision; Ezra; mourning woman; Uriel



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