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Ezekiel: “Desolate Among Them”

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The Book of Ezekiel, is not generally regarded as an apocalypse per se, though some scholars deem certain sections proto-apocalyptic in light of the subsequent development of their imagery or themes. The application of the psychoanalytic framework of mourning to the Book of Ezekiel puts in context Ezekiel's highly idealized, fantastic view of the future that yields to an imaginative yet detailed and this-worldly appropriate view of what the recovery of the past for the future would mean. This chapter explores the techniques and creativity that set in motion this healing trajectory for the author(s) and their readership. The Book of Ezekiel is not dependent on the tradition of the fall of Jerusalem and its Temple for its setting but rather shapes that tradition as reality brings those very events into the Exiles' midst.

Keywords: Book of Ezekiel; Exile; fall of Jerusalem; healing trajectory; psychoanalytic framework of mourning



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