Category Archives: Robert Jenson

The Annihilation of Israel

Ezekiel 21 “The word of the Lord came to me,” declares the prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanc­tuaries; prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, … Continue reading

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Justification, Faith, and the Radical Question of Existence

by Robert W. Jenson The gospel, in anyone’s version, is a promise that our life will be fulfilled by Christ. When­ever this promise is made, someone will rise and ask, But if he is to bring our meaning, what then is our … Continue reading

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The Impossible Verses of Ezekiel

Ezekiel 20 Every preacher has a list of favorite texts of the Bible that he loves to preach on. They touch something deep within him or her and unleash intellect, imagination, and passion in service of the gospel. For me, … Continue reading

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The Eagle has landed … and will land again

Ezekiel 17 Ezekiel 17 begins with two cryptic parables about Israel, King Zedekiah, and Babylon. In each the figure of a great eagle figures prominently. In the first the eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon and overlord of Judah; … Continue reading

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New Covenant and the Restoration of Zion

Ezekiel 16:59-63 The LORD concludes the allegory of Jerusalem with the announcement of a new covenant. Despite his beloved’s infidelities, despite the severity of his judgments, he replights himself to her—definitively, irrevocably, everlastingly. Yea, thus says the LORD GOD: I … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters and Ezekelian Apokatastasis

Ezekiel 16:44-58 This passage in Ezekiel caught me by surprise, and the surprise intensified when I read Robert Jenson’s commentary. I was not expecting an eschatological turn. Suddenly we find ourselves at what might be called a last judgment. Behold, … Continue reading

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The Harlotry of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 16 The LORD commands Ezekiel to speak to Jerusalem a narrative of its history of judgment and salvation under the figure of a waif who becomes his adulterous bride. We might think of the story as a kind of … Continue reading

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Idols and the Return to Mount Carmel

Ezekiel 14:1-11 We recall the LORD’s vehement opposition to all forms of idolatry, expressed in the first two commandments of the Decalogue: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or … Continue reading

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