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Rhetorical Techniques Used in the Book to Support the Argument

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This chapter looks at rhetorical techniques which not only advance the argument of a passage, but support the argument of the book of Ezekiel as a whole. This includes a closer look at those passages which are central to the argument of the book, which brings the narrative in the first half of the book to its climax, and which is at the centre of the second half of the book. The creation of a theocentric narrative served to establish the credibility of the narrator who narrates in utter dependence on Yahweh who is the real author of the narrative, because the events the narrator faithfully relates are communications from Yahweh. Within this narrative, the logic of the argument advanced against Jerusalem was supported by the use of Israel's legal and covenantal traditions which also helped to spell out the consequences for the readers.

Keywords: book of Ezekiel; Jerusalem; rhetorical techniques; theocentric narrative; Yahweh



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