Months later I’m finally getting around to posting about my thesis. Here is the Abstract that summarizes the whole thing.
This thesis examines the use of the Possession Covenant Formula (PCF) in the book of Ezekiel. The PCF is found in five separate verses in Ezekiel (11:20; 14:11; 36:28; 37:23, 27). Despite the PCF’s importance in the book, most commentators who have written about the above passages either do not comment directly on the PCF or simply note the formula’s covenantal or relational context.
Chapter 1 defines the PCF and surveys various scholarly opinions on the use of the formula in Ezekiel. Since the PCF is an affirmation of a covenantal relationship, chapter 2 investigates the nature of covenants in the ANE. Chapter 3 examines the thirteen other uses of the PCF in the OT which provide both points of comparison and contrast for how different biblical authors use the PCF. Chapter 4 provides an exegetical study of the passages in Ezekiel in which the PCF appears, focusing on how the PCF is used in each context. Chapter 5 concludes the study by summarizing its findings. This thesis proposes that the PCF in the book of Ezekiel 1) identifies the people of Yahweh as those whom he will cleanse and sanctify by his Spirit and 2) affirms the covenantal relationship between Yahweh and his people. Yahweh’s cleansing will enable his people to obey his commands and will allow the presence of Yahweh to dwell in their midst.
I’m done with seminary. Officially. All assignments turned in. I started in 2003, taking one class at a time. Then in 2007 we moved out here to MA and I started full time. Now, Spring of 2010, I’m done.
Had my first “we’re done with seminary” and reflect conversation tonight. Was wonderful to think about the process and talk about favorite classes and what’s next and… yeah, my mind is flying a mile a minute right now. Still all very surreal.
This week has been full of all the things which I’ve put off recently. Trips to the store and various odd tasks. We move in just over 2 weeks. Wild stuff.
I have been out of practice on this whole reflection thing, so tonight was a good start. I do hope to correct that as we approach the move. Maybe I’ll also get around to fulfilling the promise of talking more about my thesis. And maybe I’ll divulge what’s next for us.
P.S. I start my new job on June 1. 🙂
The Little One category will see usage again on this ol’ blog. Around Nov 20, Gracie will officially no longer be the youngest.
Steph is having quite a rough go with the morning sickness so prayers for strength and rest are greatly appreciated.
Steph put a couple of lemon slices in her water bottle.
Ellie: Whoa! I didn’t know lemons could swim!
“Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive to promote discussion. I want to find out what your thinking was. I want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything?”
Dang. That’s powerful stuff right there.
Lizzie: Daddy, can you put on the video?
Allen: You’ll need to wait.
Steph: Do you see what Daddy’s doing?
Lizzie: Yes, he’s feeding Gracie.
Allen: Can I feed Gracie and put on a video at the same time?
Lizzie: No, you only have two hands. You’re not an octopus.
One of the “great take-away”s I will have from this Revelation course is the notion of letting visions be visions and not requiring of them a literal understanding which they do not present. I have done this many, many times in my prior readings of the book. In light of this, this Bauckham quote is especially poignant.
…Revelation has suffered from interpretation which takes its images too literally. Even the most sophisticated interpreters all too easily slip into treating the images as codes which need only to be decoded to yield literal predictions. But this fails to take the images seriously as images. John depicts the future in images in order to be able to do both more and less than a literal prediction could. Less, because Revelation does not offer a literal outline of the course of future events – as though prophecy were merely history written in advance. But more, because what it does provide is insight into the nature of God’s purpose for the future, and does so in a way that shapes the readers’ attitudes to the future and invites their active participation in the divine purpose.
Richard Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation, p 93