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In outlining the rhetorical analysis of the book of Ezekiel undertaken, this chapter demonstrates that the book of Ezekiel can indeed be described as a rhetorical unit. The chapter reconstructs the communicative act for which the book was composed. The argument of the book is that the exilic community is to define itself not by the past but by the future promised by Yahweh. The book was certainly well suited for a rhetorical examination, since it is generally acknowledged that the book is skillfully crafted, and many scholars believe that the book had a comparatively short history of development. It is evident that the rhetorical approach advocated here is not offering a new set of methodological procedures, but a perspective which unifies a wide range of methodologies to provide a comprehensive description of one or more communicative acts.

Keywords: book of Ezekiel; communicative act; exilic community; rhetorical analysis



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