“And they shall know that I am the Lord”: The recognition of YHWH in Ezekiel

I recently bought Marvin Sweeney's latest, Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Smyth & Helwys, 2013) and liked how he described Ezekiel's emphasis on the "recognition of YHWH" in the first 39 chapters of the Ezekiel: The recognition of YHWH permeates Ezekiel 1-39.  Throughout these chapters, Ezekiel constantly employs the recognition formula "and they… Continue reading “And they shall know that I am the Lord”: The recognition of YHWH in Ezekiel

Reading the Hebrew Bible After the Shoah

Jon Levenson (Harvard University) has written a very good review of Marvin Sweeney's new book, Reading the Hebrew Bible After the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology (Fortress, 2008).  I've always admired Sweeney's writing and this volume is no different.  While engaging the text from a very different theological perspective than me, I love how Sweeney forces… Continue reading Reading the Hebrew Bible After the Shoah

The Prophetical Books as Theodicy

I've been reading through The Hebrew Bible Today: An Introduction to Critical Issues edited by Steven L. McKenzie and M. Patrick Graham.  This is a most interesting read and helpful introduction to historical critical approaches to OT study, as the subtitle indicates. A writer I always try to read, Marvin A. Sweeney, wrote the chapter… Continue reading The Prophetical Books as Theodicy