C. L. Crouch

Before and after Exile

Involuntary Migration and Ideas of Israel

Volume 7 () / Issue 3, pp. 334-358 (25)
Published 04.03.2019

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This article draws attention to differences in the characterisation of Israel in the poetry of Jeremiah and the judgement oracles of Ezekiel. Whilst both conceive of Israel as an ethnic entity, comprised especially of elites and associated particularly with the city of Jerusalem, Ezekiel demonstrates a much stronger interest in Israel's past history and a much more sustained focus on the homeland. We argue that these issues are resonant with the concerns of other involuntary migrants and likely relate to the involuntary migrant experience of the authors and audiences of Ezekiel.

C. L. Crouch Born 1982; 2004 BA in Religious Studies, Scripps College, CA; 2005 PGDip in Theology, University of Oxford; 2007 MPhil in Theology (Old Testament), University of Oxford; 2008 DPhil in Theology (Old Testament), University of Oxford; 2018–2021 David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, CA; currently Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Ancient Judaism at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.