The God Ezekiel Creates (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)
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About the Author
Paul M. Joyce is Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, King's College London, UK.
Dalit Rom-Shiloni is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
- Hardcover : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0567658597
- ISBN-13 : 978-0567658593
- Product Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.56 x 9.21 inches
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Publisher : T&T Clark (January 15, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,293,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I almost stopped reading the papers about half way through the second essay because the author didn't know the difference between infer and imply - a pet peeve of mine. However, after a day or so, my compulsive completion program kicked in and I picked it back up to slog my way through. At the end, I was pleased to find a final wrap-up essay that pretty much described my own take on all the ink spilled on Ezekiel in the preceding pages. I was nonplussed as to how to review such a book so I decided to give grades to each essay and add up the points.
The first piece by Katheryn Pfisterer Darr received a D-. The most clarity I found in that one was in the quotes that incensed her and motivated the series.
The second essay by John T. Strong also received a D-. Nothing he wrote was convincing no matter how hard he tried to dazzle with his fancy wordwork.
Third essay by Madhavi Nevader received a C+: she actually did some worthwhile work though she didn't take it to the obvious conclusions.
Fourth essay b Dexter Callender, Jr. received a D+ for reasons similar to those advocating for Nevader: useful work though it could have been taken further.
Fifth essay by Ellen van Wolde received a B+: again, nice work and she did go a bit further and drew some useful conclusions.
Sixth essay by Corrine Carvalho received a C+: she worked and put things together fairly well, but really missed some glaringly obvious issues. She completely missed the references to giants and the possibility that Ezekiel was influenced by traditions that have survived in what has come to be known as Enochian Judaism. The relationship between what Ezekiel was trying to say about the destruction of Gog-Magog and the divine punishment of the giants in 1 Enoch seems pretty obvious. Also, her "drop the stories and feel the feelings" business was totally irritating. Who wants to read a scholarly essay that launches itself with discussion about bloody bandages?
Seventh essay by Stephen L. Cook received a C; interesting ideas for sure.
Eighth essay by Marvin A. Sweeney received a D-. He collected together some interesting data but it was rather perfunctory and pedestrian. No thought at all went into it. Besides, what's up with "G-d"? That's almost as irritating as not knowing the difference between infer and imply. Yeah, I know why some folks do it, but those people shouldn't try to pass themselves off as scholars.
Ninth essay by Daniel I. Block received an F. Sorry, but his schtick about "grace" just didn't fly.
Finally, there was a very nice piece by Nathan MacDonald that pulled the cart back around in the right direction; for his review of what everyone else had written, he received an A.
Adding up the points, the book received a D++ (1.75), thus two stars. A two star book for over a hundred bucks? Oy, I feel doubly abused since, throughout the process, I had to read and re-read Ezekiel. Interesting guy, no doubt.