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Prophet, Books And Texts: Ezekiel, Pseudo-Ezekiel And The Authoritativeness Of Ezekiel Traditions In Early Judaism

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Concerning the authoritative status of biblical book in early Judaism, various scholars have suggested that existence of parabiblical writings may indicate the authoritativeness of compositions serving as exemplars or pretexts. This chapter presents the arguments based on the following parameters: first, a composition may have different degrees of authority over time but also contemporaneously between different groups or within same community. Second, the text to which authority is attributed may be available in different form and wording. Third, the form and wording of text may be influenced by other texts that are close to it. With these parameters, the relation between biblical Ezekiel and parabiblical Pseudo-Ezekiel may be perceived to have been reciprocal in late Second Temple period, not only in terms of one occasioning the creation of the other, and latter thereby confirming the formers authoritative status, but also in terms of Pseudo-Ezekiel influencing the text of biblical Ezekiel.

Keywords: authoritative status; biblical Ezekiel; Judaism; parabiblical writings; Pseudo-Ezekiel; Second Temple period



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