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The Sour Grapes: Ezekiel 18

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In this chapter, the author examines the meaning of the proverb "The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge" in Ezekiel 18:2 as well as the identity and whereabouts of its interlocutors. The proverb has been put in the mouth of the inhabitants of Israel during the period of Exile, and concerns the Exiles in Babylon. The inhabitants of Israel agree with its contents whereas the prophet does not; according to him, each generation is responsible for its own behaviour. The chapter address some disagreements regarding the disputation in chapter 18 of Ezekiel , especially those concerning the meaning of the proverb put in the mouth of Ezekiel's opponents: &t;The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge&t;, and those concerning the identity and whereabouts of these interlocutors.

Keywords: Exiles in Babylon; Ezekiel 18; interlocutors; sour grapes



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