Category Archives: Robert Jenson

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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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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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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