Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation

Strine, C.A. and Crouch, C.L. (2013) Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation. Journal of Biblical Literature, 132 (4). pp. 883-903. ISSN 1934-3876

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Abstract

In addressing the theological crisis of the exile, Ezekiel relies on the mythology of the divine king who goes out to battle against the forces of chaos, commonly referred to as the Chaoskampf. This article explores how Ezekiel employs this imagery to reconfigure Yhwh’s relationships with Babylonia, Egypt, and Judah. In lieu of the now-defunct Judah, Ezekiel identifies the king of Babylon as Yhwh’s earthly agent for establishing order; Egypt is (re)confirmed as the exemplary human chaotic force, opposing Yhwh and his Babylonian agent; and Judah’s status is rendered a variable predicated on its political allegiances. Ezekiel’s scheme allows the native Judahite Chaoskampf theology to remain intact, at the expense of drastic changes to the relationship between the Judahite monarch and his patron deity, Yhwh.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: c2013 Society of Biblical Literature
Keywords: Kings, Oracles, Kingship, Mythology, Theology, Psalms, Weapons, Divinity, Sheep herding, Swords
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Identification Number: 10.2307/42912472
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 06:09
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42013

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