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Joseph Blenkinsopp

Author of A History of Prophecy in Israel

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Joseph Blenkinsopp is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

Works by Joseph Blenkinsopp

Ezekiel (1990) 263 copies
Pentateuch (1971) 30 copies

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A historical-critical, heavy on the critical, commentary on Ezekiel.

While the Interpretation series generally does feature some contetxtual, often historical-critical commentary, it generally does so with a view to application, since it's designed for pastors.

Well, Blenkinsopp is the author here, and there's not a whole lot of application, but there is a whole lot of historical-critical comments.

There are strengths to this approach. Blenkinsopp brings in the ancient Near Eastern context very well, and helps the reader understand Ezekiel's world and the power of his message in that world.

But there's corresponding weaknesses. I thought Blenkinsopp spent a bit too much time in his Anchor Bible Isaiah commentaries attempting to pick apart different authors and editors, and I can see from this commentary that this is apparently his thing. Even though Ezekiel is pretty consistent throughout, if there could possibly be a question of a later addition, Blenkinsopp is there. Even when there's no real reason to question the authorship of a text, sadly, Blenkinsopp will be there doing so.

His denial of Ezekiel being mute save for words of YHWH from the narrative moment of Ezekiel 4 to Ezekiel 33 is baffling and not well argued. His handling of Gog, though, is very good.

There is value in this commentary as long as you can overlook the overly critical disposition of the author.
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deusvitae | Apr 13, 2020 |
Bible OT - Canon, Bible OT - Prophets - relation to Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, Old Testament Theology, Old Testament, Hebrew roots, Jewish Origins, Biblical Studies, priest, inspiration, Bible, authority
 
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StMarysCCM | Oct 23, 2012 |
A historical critical commentary on Isaiah 56-66.

The author views much of the material as having been written after the exile, but at least believes in compositional unity within most of the sections of the book. Compared to his commentaries on 1-39 and 40-55, his comments on 56-66 are more expansive, spending more time on the material in its ancient Near Eastern context. His exercises in attempting to ascertain some sort of authorship and specific audience demonstrates the futility in attempting to do such things based on literary and/or historical-critical methodologies, especially considering the nature of the material in these chapters.

A detailed introduction and bibliography assists in understanding the state of the field of understanding of these chapters. His textual notes also are of value.
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deusvitae | Dec 24, 2010 |
A modern, historical-critical commentary on what has been deemed the "Second Isaiah"-- Isaiah 40-55.

The author begins by taking issue with any interpretation that ascribes the work to Isaiah son of Amoz. He seems baffled why people do not accept the idea of an anonymous yet inspired prophet's work being appended on Isaiah's work. The introduction to the work is rather lengthy and goes through matters of history of interpretation along with the late exile context of the audience (and, as Blenkinsopp believes, the author).

Comments on the text itself are valuable, even if one does not always agree with the emendations supplied. Comments on the substance have some value in helping to ascertain the text in context.

A helpful commentary on some levels, less so on others.
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