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Who Hardened Pharoah’s Heart?

In the Exodus story of the ten plagues, who hardens Pharoah’s heart, God or Pharoah? Verses can be cited to support both, and Bible readers have wondered ever since. Modern readers have noted that we should not expect pre-scientific peoples … Continue reading

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Ezekelian Pentecost and Hearts of Flesh

Finally, after eleven chapters of prophetic judgment and doom, the LORD speaks a word of hope: And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, your brethren, even your brethren, your fellow exiles, the whole house of … Continue reading

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And the Glory Departs

The Ezekelian apocalypse continues. The prophet, I surmise, is standing in the vestibule of the temple. The doors of both the Holy Place (Hekhal) and Holy of Holies (Kodesh Hakodashim) are presumably open, as he has clear line of sight … Continue reading

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Temple and Cherubim

One of the difficulties I’m having with Ezekiel 8-10 is simply imagining the scene. The struc­tural and topographical details of temple and environs would have been well known to the prophet and his contemporaries, but they are not well known … Continue reading

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Angelic Destroyers and Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

Ezekiel 9: after showing his prophet the abominations being committed in Jerusalem and temple, the LORD pronounces his apocalyptic judgment. With a loud voice he summons his angelic executioners. Six are armed for slaughter; the seventh clothed in linen, with … Continue reading

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Abominations and Abominations … and Idols Too

Ezekiel 8-11: a year after his inaugural vision, the prophet is given a new vision, in three acts: The LORD identifies the idolatrous abominations that have polluted Israel and will compel the withdrawal of the divine glory (chap 8); The … Continue reading

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Violent YHWH: The God Who Fights For–and Against–His People

Pharoah’s army is pursuing the Hebrews. Their intent is clear—to kill and enslave. When the Hebrews see the approaching army, they cry out in terror to Moses: “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken … Continue reading

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