326 THE 'THIRTIETH' YEAR IN EZEKIEL I 1 The opening paragraph of the Book of Ezekiel reads thus: '1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), 3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. 4 As I looked ...' (R.S.V.) It will be observed that this passage is composed of material which in effect constitutes two superscriptions to the book. It is not a question, however, of mere repetitious clauses, for each superscrip- tion differs both in the year mentioned and in the designation of the place of the prophet's call. The second superscription is, moreover, written in the third person and supplies additional biographical details regarding Ezekiel's rank and family. On the other hand the language relating to time and place in verse
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1959
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