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The Jubilee In The Latter Prophets

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This chapter examines texts pertinent to the jubilee in Ezekiel and Isaiah. Ezekiel is examined first, because its prophecies seem suited for the mid-exilic period; the texts alluding to the jubilee in Isaiah (with the exception of Isa 37:30 [= 2 Kgs 19:29], examined above) stem from the second and third parts of the book, which address the period of the return from exile. The close relationship between Ezekiel and the Holiness Code has long been recognized by critical scholarship. There are a several incidental references to the jubilee legislation scattered in Ezekiel which are useful to enumerate in order to build the case for the prophet's familiarity with the institution. Most scholars view the oracles of 56-58 as addressed to the early post-exilic community in and around Jerusalem, although Smart and Kaufmann register protests against this view, preferring to situate the unit in Judea during the exile.

Keywords: early post-exilic community; Ezekiel; Isaiah; Jerusalem; jubilee legislation



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