- Series: Concordia Commentary
- Hardcover: 1515 pages
- Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (November 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758610017
- ISBN-13: 978-0758610010
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.2 x 10.2 inches
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Ezekiel 21-48 (Concordia Commentary)
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Dr. Horace D. Hummel is emeritus Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Concordia Seminary (B.A., M.Div., S.T.M.) and earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, under W. F. Albright.
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The theme is continued as to the people's incorrect view of the temple. Commenting on 24:1-27 Hummel writes: "The problem, to which Ezekiel has alluded many times before, was that the people had come to regard the temple as a bit of magic, a talisman that should retain its power to protect them apart from faith and a life of faith." Hummel correctly views the temple as more pointing to Immanuel dwelling among us to be the sacrifice for sin as the High Priest.
A prominent and all to warning to contemporary holders of the shepherding office is to found in Chapter 34. Such worthwhile application of this warning does Hummel offer: "But the proper application of the text is to the church in the broad, visible sense, and its relevance is always going to be apparent in the church militant on earth. The severest judgment will be for church leaders who lead their flocks astray from the truth of God's Word (Jn. 17:17), particularly those who distort or ignore the person and work of Christ. It is always tempting to tone down or omit the harshness of the Law, which then empties the Gospel of its full consolation." And of course, Hummel sees all My Servant David has being the Shepherd all true Under-Shepherds take their words and ministry from.
Besides Ezekiel's inaugural vision, the Dry Bones episode is more well-known and preaching text. Hummel certainly sees this primarily as pointing to the resurrection of Dry Bones United under the New David event.
With great accumen in reacting to the critical moves, as well as other confessional systems which do not take in all the Ezekiel text interrelating with Scripture's unity, this commentary provides the reader and teacher of this "out there" prophet with much exegetical, historical, Christological, liturgical meat to sink one's theological teeth into. One will not go wrong in purchasing and using this remarkable two volume of a prominent prophet. May it bless the church!