Ezekiel 1-24 (NICOT)
Block, Daniel I.
“A rich resource for serious study.”See All
The Bible Today
“Block's aim is to make the book of Ezekiel 'understandable and meaningful for contemporary readers' by considering questions 'students of Scripture' would ask (text critical, cultural and literary, hermeneutical and theological, and application). Block's style of exposition is clear and accessible; all major propositions are enumerated. His judicious use of comparative ancient Near Eastern material is commendable. Readers lacking a knowledge of Hebrew will also use this book with profit. Recommended for all libraries.”See All
Religious Studies Review
“This is the first volume of what is currently the most convincing historical and critical interpretation of the book of Ezekiel. Block interacts with international scholarship but is not easily impressed with contemporary fads of interpretation. Block is to be congratulated on his achievement.Internationale ”See All
Zeitschriftenschau fr Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
“A mine of information and informed comment. Block is well-read and provides a reading of the text which will satisfy many Bible readers.”See All
“A true tour de force. It is no overstatement to say that this work will become, to the evangelical community at least, the point of departure for serious teaching and preaching of the Book of Ezekiel.”See All
“Professor Block has provided the most thorough commentary on the Book of Ezekiel since the work of Walther Zimmerli. The breadth of his citations shows his mastery of both the historical and current literature on Ezekiel, and makes the commentary into a library reference shelf. If one had to make an educated guess, this will be an important resource for all who work in Ezekiel for years to come.”See All
To most modern readers the book of Ezekiel is a mystery. Few can handle Ezekiel’s relentless denunciations, his unconventional antics, his repetitive style, and his bewildering array of topics. This excellent commentary by Daniel I. Block makes sense of this obscure and often misunderstood prophet and demonstrates the relevance of Ezekiel’s message for the church today.
An extensive introduction helps to orient readers of Ezekiel’s prophecies to the times, methods, and message of the prophet and to the special literary features of the book. Block then deals successively with each literary/prophetic unit of Ezekiel. The treatment of each unit consists of a fresh translation of the text accompanied by technical textual notes, a discussion of the style and structure of the pericope, a verse-by-verse commentary on the unit, and theological reflections on the significance of the unit. Throughout the commentary special attention is also paid to the rhetorical methods that the prophet employs to get his message across to his original audience.
A worthy addition to the NICOT series, this commentary will fast be recognized as an invaluable tool for the study of the Old Testament. In bringing questions of contemporary importance to the text of this ancient document, Block convincingly demonstrates not only that the message of Ezekiel can be understood but also that its message is desperately needed by the church in the 21st century.