Ezekiel

Where Ezekiel's Temple is

Ezekiel is a strange book and its strange in many ways. One of the ways it is strange is that there are a lot of numbers in Ezekiel. And these numbers come in two forms. First, there are dates and second, there are measurements.

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Ezekiel's North Gate

In Ezekiel’s second vision he is brought to the Jerusalem temple “to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy” (Ezek 8:3).

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Ezekiel's Four-Fold Forth

The phrase “The word of the Lord came to me” occurs 50 times in Ezekiel. The four time is in 7:1. In 7:2, YHWH speaks of a four-fold destruction of Israel: “And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.”

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Too Important for Grammar

The passage is replete with redundancies, confusion of gender, omitted articles, missing verbs, obscure allusions, incomplete and garbled statements (v. 11), as well as words, forms, and constructions unheard of elsewhere . . . [S]ome of the textual problems may reflect the prophet’s emotional excitement . . . The end is at hand. There is no time to worry about fine literary style

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