n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Imagine that! Perspectives on metaphor and prophetic imagination from Ezekiel : research article

Volume 95, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article makes a case for the use of imagination in prophetic communication and specifically by the prophet Ezekiel. It sets out to understand where imagination as a subject stands and what Biblical Studies have to do with imagination. The contribution of Walter Brueggemann on this subject is referred to and in particular his use of "prophetic criticising" and "prophetic energising" are employed to look at Ezekiel's communication. The article proposes that Ezekiel's prophecies that criticise all date to the period prior to the fall of Jerusalem (Ezek 33:21) and his prophecies that energise came after this event. Chapters from these two groupings are examined and the different metaphors that either energise or criticise are listed to show how he used this to capture the imagination of his audience either to accept a reality of imagine a new possibility.

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