Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Christological Interpretation of Ezekiel 11:19

Is it possible to interpret Ezekiel 11:19 Christologically? No – I’m sure somebody somewhere has interpreted every single bless├Ęd text of Scripture Christologically, including Job 3:2, so let me rephrase the question. Is it legitimately possible to interpret Ezekiel 11:19 Christologically? Here’s the text:

I will give them one heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove the heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezek. 11:19)

The Christological interpretation arises from equating the heart of stone with the Law of Moses and the heart of flesh with Jesus, the incarnate Son. This equating may not be legitimate, of course, but surely echoes can be found in New Testament texts such as John 1:17 and Galatians 3:23-24, where (the Law of) Moses and Christ are contrasted.

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  1. I think it's a legitimate equation if you consider the bible as the story of God - so that in one context it's interpreted within the culture in which it was written, but that with the legacy of the Holy Spirit (which only came about as a result of Jesus) we can interpret many things as an echo of what was to come, both in Jesus' life and in our own. But I might not understand what 'Christology' really is.

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    1. Cheers. And you seem to understand what's meant by 'Christology' perfectly well to me. :)

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