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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

The modern reader encounters unfamiliar territory in Ezekiel, with its otherworldly visions and peculiar actions of its author. Ezekiel presents a message of doom and judgment followed by an equally powerful message of hope and restoration. Through helpful literary analysis and theological reflection, Tuell assists the reader in seeing the richness and ongoing relevance of this book for today.

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  1. Steven Tuell

    Steven Tuell

    Steven Tuell is the James A. Kelso Associate Professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has authored a study of Ezekiel 40-48 in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series as well as a commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles in the Interpretation series,...

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"The book of Ezekiel has always been a challenge for those seeking to understand the religious meaning intended by the prophet. This commentary has appeared after years of examining and reexamining both the text and its meaning. True to the format of the fine commentaries in this series, the book opens with a discussion of topics such as authorship, date and setting, sources, structure, text, and theological message. This is followed by a section-by-section commentary containing both historical and theological information. Additional notes contain literary as well as bibliographical data. This format reveals Tuell's grasp of the important historical, literary, and theological matters. This very readable commentary is highly recommended for any study of a very complicated biblical book."--The Bible Today

"In keeping with the objectives of the NIBC series, [Tuell] guides the reader through the maze of modern scholarly opinion concerning this 'strange book,' all the while seeking to elucidate its theological message. On the whole, I give Tuell high marks for both endeavors. This commentary will serve admirably to bring college, university, and seminary teachers up to speed on recent trends in Ezekiel research. Tuell brings to the task an engaging, felicitous writing style, avoiding overly technical discussions in the body of the commentary. Following NIBC format, he reserves a more detailed examination of various issues and conclusions for the 'Additional Notes' appended to each section. He does a commendable job in selecting which aspects of the text require a more in-depth discussion and validation. Especially helpful for readers is the generous amount of the biblical text quoted in the commentary proper, thereby cutting down the number of times one must refer back to the biblical text in order to follow his remarks. Introductory issues are spelled out in a succinct six pages. A strength of this commentary is the careful way in which Tuell assists the reader to grasp how the book is organized and how the various subdivisions relate one to another. Each major section of the commentary begins with a brief introduction that identifies the discrete units and suggests how each contributes to the overall message of the book. In a masterful way, Tuell makes sure the reader does not lose sight of the forest for all the trees. He also calls attention to themes and motifs that characterize each section and those features that link it to the larger composition. The commentary displays the fruit of discourse analysis for understanding an author's work. Another strength is the attention given to inner biblical exegesis (e.g. Leviticus, Jeremiah, and Daniel) and how NT authors utilize Ezekiel in their own compositions. Especially helpful are the copious references to the Gospels. . . . In each section, he engages various scholarly opinions on sources, redaction, and setting."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"This book is highly recommended for students who are in their middle level of theological education, pastors, and laity who are interested in exploring the book of Ezekiel. The reader of Tuell's commentary on Ezekiel will be offered a good grasp of the literary and the theological questions that surround the study of the book of Ezekiel."--Biblical Theology Review

"The discussion is consistently well informed, even if implicitly, by current scholarship. Tuell devotes significant space to links between Ezekiel and the New Testament, often expounding the text's meaning for Christian perspectives, yet his focus on historical and literary analysis over hermeneutical considerations makes the book useful to a wider audience. . . . The discussion strikes a good balance between expertise and accessibility. It is relevant for scholars but more useful for students and ministers."--Brad E. Kelle, Religious Studies Review