Yechezkel - The Book of Ezekiel (Semester 2)
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שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #24a: Yechezkel’s description of the nation’s purification (36:16-32)
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur#24b: Yechezkel’s description of the nation’s purification (36:16-32) – continued In Chapter 36 Yechezkel describes the future purification (by a water ceremony) of the Jewish People. There are echoes here of Moshe's covenant ceremony (Shmot 24) as well as other purification rituals.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur#25: The nation’s revival (36:32-38; 37:1) ​In this short prophetic unit - 9 verses, 36:32-37:1 - about the nation's revival, earlier themes, such as Israel's sinfulness, are recapitulated. The shiur also describes the atypical comparison of the Land of Israel with the "Garden of Eden", and the newly positive connotation of the verb d-r-sh.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #26 The Vision of the Dry Bones (37:1-14) Perhaps the most famous of Yechezkel’s prophecies, this shiur deals with the revival of the dry bones: the location of the valley, the symbolism and the message.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #27: The future of the Kingdom of Israel (37:15-25) Yechezkel completes his prophecy of the dry bones with one of his uncommon prophecies of the future revival of the nation and its consolation. Yechezkel's prophecies of revival are also compared to those of the two other leading prophets around his time, Yishayahu and Yirmiyahu.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #28: Yechezkel’s prophecy about Gog from the Land of Magog (38-39) In this shiur we begin looking at the war of Gog from Magog which will occur in the Land of Israel after the nation's return. Just as the nation's return is necessary to sanctify God's name and counter the desecration of God’s Name that the exile from the land caused, so too the defeat and punishment of Gog is necessary to sanctify God's name.”
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #28b: Yechezkel’s prophecy about Gog from the Land of Magog (38-39) (continued): The purification of the land The purification of the Land of Israel comes from the burial of the slain soldiers of Gog - the corpses possess an impurity that must be cleansed. But on a deeper level, this symbolizes the wickedness of Gog that must be removed.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #28c: Yechezkel’s prophecy about Gog from the Land of Magog (38-39) (continued): The purification of the land We conclude our treatment of God's war against Gog, which, like God's return of His people to the Land of Israel, is done for the sake of His name and not thanks to the actions of the Jewish People.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #29a: The Vision of the Future Temple: The Temple with God’s Glory in Its Midst (40:1 – 43:9) We begin our analysis of Yechezkel's long description of the future Temple. We will begin by discussing the apparent paradox of what is simultaneously a very detailed description as well as an opaque one.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #29b: The Vision of the Future Temple: The Temple with God’s Glory in Its Midst (40:1 – 43:9) - continued Yechezkel continues his vision of the future Temple by echoing the very first chapter of the Book where God's glory is striking and manifest. But he continues by reminding the people of the severe sins that brought about the Temple's Destruction. This is his final rebuke to the nation.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #30a: The Vision of the Future Temple: More concealment than revelation (43:10 - 44:31) Yechezkel's vision of the future Temple presents a paradox: it contains both precise descriptions on the one hand, while omitting basic details on the other. Among the latter, it is unclear whether the inauguration ceremony outlined in Chapter 45 is intended to be a one-off, or an annual, event.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #30b: The Vision of the Future Temple: More concealment than revelation (43:10 - 44:31) (continued) We continue our analysis of Yechezkel's vision of the future Temple, focusing on the reduced role of Leviim, and the increased focus on the educational role of the kohanim. Importantly, both the king and the prophet have no role in Yechezkel's vision of the future.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tova Ganzel Shiur #31: End of the Sefer (Chapters 45-48) In our final shiur of the series, we examine Yechezkel’s vision of the wondrous river that flows from the Temple and brings with it healing to the nation. The river symbolizes how God will, in the future, directly nourish his people like never before. God’s bond with His people returns; and is, in fact, stronger than ever before.

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