Much of Ezekiel is spent emphasizing God’s anti-locality, namely, that there is no structure or land to which the biblical God is chained. In Ezekiel, God moves freely upon the earth, outside the control of his subjects. With this in mind, the book’s closing verse is a kind of literary surprise. What does Ezekiel mean when he says the name of the city shall be called “the Lord is there?” What are the implications of the last four chapters of Ezekiel for the meaning of the entire book? How does all of this illumine our understanding of the biblical writers’ perspective on history?
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