Ezekiel: A Vision of Hierocracy?

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269984
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600722 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Ezekiel: A Vision of Hierocracy?

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It is often argued that the book of Ezekiel presents hierocracy as the ideal constitutional model for the restored post‐exilic Jewish community. However, the pictures of the restored community, in Chs. 34, 37, and 40–8, all envisage a reinstated monarchic figure. It is true that in the Temple vision, in Chs. 40–8, the status of the monarchic figure is downplayed by comparison with pre‐exilic times, but he nevertheless appears as a recognizable authority figure. By contrast, there is no mention of a high priest anywhere in the book. Ezekiel therefore appears to be advocating a modified version of the previous monarchic order, rather than hierocracy.

Keywords: constitution of post‐exilic community; book of Ezekiel; Ezekiel 34; Ezekiel 37; Ezekiel 40–8

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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