Beyond the River Chebar, a compilation of studies on kingship and eschatology in Ezekiel,is part two of the “River Chebar” series. Volume one is titled By the River Chebar (my review), and covers historical, literary, and theological topics in Ezekiel. Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been studying Ezekiel for twenty-five years now and is known for his works on Ezekiel and Deuteronomy.

As stated in volume one, to interpret the Hebrew Bible one must ask at least three questions:

  1. What does the text say?
  2. What did the text mean to the original audience?
  3. What does the text mean to me?
  4. What does the text say it like that?

Block proves that his twenty-five years have given him a grasp of Ezekiel’s thought world and of his own literary connections throughout the book.


Chapter One deals with Ezekiel’s lack…

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