Ezekiel 37:1-14: An Apocalyptic Vision of Hope


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Ezekiel 37:1-14: An Apocalyptic Vision of Hope
Ezekiel’s famous “Valley of the Bones” prophecies in chapter 37 demonstrate why he is believed to “[present] some of the most theologically challenging and dynamic material… [in] the Bible.” (The Jewish Study Bible, 2004, Berlin, et. al., ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1042). His use of bones as a symbol for the people of Israel was a careful and considered choice. The imagery they evoke is very effective from a literary standpoint. Ezekiel painted a picture of desolation and despair throughout the first few verses, conjuring a bleak landscape full of dry, scattered bones. Having painted this scene, Ezekiel uses the symbol of the bones to make his theological point. In using bones as...
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.....see the interdependence between man and God played out in this series of prophecies. God cannot help the exiles without Ezekiel as an intermediary, and God doesn’t exist where faith is lost. When faith is lost, hope is lost, and man is without hope. Ezekiel serves God by restoring faith and serves man by restoring hope. The bones are an excellent symbol of said interdependence. Without God, the exiles are a valley of dried bones, hopeless and “cut off.” Yet, without these bones, as we’ve seen throughout the bible, and the prophecies of Ezekiel, God would have no building blocks with which to rebuild faith, and God would be lost.
James L.
. The Bible As It Was. Cambridge, Mass:
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1997