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Complaints of conferences of the Prophetic Texts and Their old Contexts workforce of the Society of Biblical Literature held in 2007 in Washington, D.C. and in 2008 in Boston, Mass.

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L. : Eisenbrauns, 2010), 3–29. 6 Lester L. 7 Ezekiel is certainly taken over by the spirit at various times (Ezek 2:2; 3:12, 14, 22, 24; 11:1, 5, 24; 37:1; 40:1). TIEMEYER’s contention is a bit different from this, however. She makes the point that Ezekiel is God’s ultimate tool in that he lacks a distinct personality. In the vision reports he says little but instead falls to the ground and appears to have no control over his body. Whether Ezekiel is unconscious of his actions and words while under the power of the spirit is not clear, but a protest against the operation of the spirit would be unusual.

7 Ezekiel is certainly taken over by the spirit at various times (Ezek 2:2; 3:12, 14, 22, 24; 11:1, 5, 24; 37:1; 40:1). TIEMEYER’s contention is a bit different from this, however. She makes the point that Ezekiel is God’s ultimate tool in that he lacks a distinct personality. In the vision reports he says little but instead falls to the ground and appears to have no control over his body. Whether Ezekiel is unconscious of his actions and words while under the power of the spirit is not clear, but a protest against the operation of the spirit would be unusual.

G. Roth and C. Wittich; Berkeley: University of California, 1978). 13 Cf. Weber, The Sociology of Religion, 53. Lester L. Grabbe 19 persona of the prophet. LEUCHTER argues that this created a model for survival by placing the prophetic personality above the cult of exterior objects, rituals, and social structures. It promotes an alternative cult where this literary persona forms the authoritative basis for devotion different from the old standards. The figure of Jeremiah stands in isolation from and in opposition to all previous categories of religious practice and experience, even as he draws from these categories in offering the oracles that take them to task.

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