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This introductory chapter of this book provides an overview of the contents of the book. The study of Ezekiel 18 and 20 needs to precede determining whether these chapters offer a reliable textual basis toward a vision of the relationship between individual and collective responsibility in Ezekiel, with the use of the term 'corporate responsibility'. An overview of the field of Ezekiel scholarship is also relevant for arriving at a position within which the results may be described. The book of Ezekiel is not the diary of the prophet or an anthology of his sayings, but the product of compositional labor. The chapter discusses the four proposals that contribute toward a division of the different results of investigation. It can be assumed that a large measure of congeniality between the prophet Ezekiel and the circles of the priestly school in Babylonia.

Keywords: Babylonia; priestly school; prophet Ezekiel



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