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The corporate personality aims to offer a framework, within which individual and collective aspects of texts from the Old Testament may be placed beside each other without producing tension or being understood as inconsistent. The book of Ezekiel plays a role in the hypothesis of the corporate personality. The presence of apparently individually oriented and collectively oriented texts in Ezekiel offers a good point of departure for the testing of the hypothesis. Thus, the testing of the hypothesis as to its tenability and applicability belongs to texts from Ezekiel as to its possibilities. The description of the relationship between individual and collective in Ezekiel 18 from the internal coherence shows how the language of criminal law is used in a new context of divine retribution.

Keywords: Ezekiel; Henry Wheeler Robinson; Old Testament



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