New Publication on Ezekiel by Daniel Block

The latest entry in Daniel Block’s growing bibliography is now in print! Dr. Block has long been known for his fine 2-volume commentary on Ezekiel in the NICOT series.  It is widely used in both seminaries and university classrooms (The University of Wisconsin – Madison, for example) and still recognized 15 years after publication as the most thoroughly exegetical commentary available. It’s no wonder Tremper Longman gave it 5 stars in his Old Testament Commentary SurveyMore recently he helped bring the late Jacob Milgrom’s commentary on the latter part of Ezekiel to press.

While for the past 10 years Dr. Block’s attention has centered on the book of Deuteronomy, his 3 decades of involvement in the SBL seminar on Ezekiel continues to draw him back to that book. Over the years he has presented and published dozens of essays on Ezekiel, covering aspects of the book that even a 2-volume commentary did not allow him adequate space to discuss. Now, for the first time, nearly all of Dr. Block’s additional work on Ezekiel is available in two handy volumes (akin to his 2-volume collection of essays on Deuteronomy). chebar coverThe first volume is hot off the press and the second should be released within the next month.

By the River Chebar: Historical Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel includes the following 9 essays:

Preaching Ezekiel

The Theology of Ezekiel

The God Ezekiel Wants Us to Meet

Divine Abandonment: Ezekiel’s Adaptation of an ANE Motif

Excursus A: The Prophetic Speech of Marduk

Chasing a Phantom: The Search for the Historical Marduk

The Prophet of the Spirit: The Use of ruach in the Book of Ezekiel

Beyond the Grave: Ezekiel’s Vision of Death and Afterlife

Text and Emotion: A Study in the “Corruptions” in Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision (Ezek 1:4–28)

Excursus B: Ezekiel 1:6, 8–10, 15–21, and 10:9–22 in Parallel

Ezekiel’s Boiling Cauldron: A Form-Critical Solution to Ezekiel 24:1–14

Appendix: In Praise of Moshe: A Tribute to Moshe Greenberg

These essays appeared in academic journals and edited volumes between 1988 and 2010, with at least three entries that are not yet in print elsewhere. But now you can have them all at your fingertips, complete with subject, author, and Scripture indices as well as a full bibliography. The bibliography alone is a testimony to the rich conversation in which Dr. Block has been engaged over the course of these years. For those involved in detailed study of the book of Ezekiel, Ian Duguid calls these books an “essential resource.”

Congratulations, Dr. Block!

About Carmen Imes

I entered Wheaton's doctoral program in 2011 with an Old Testament concentration under Dr. Daniel Block. I have an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte campus), and a BA from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. My husband, Danny, and I are missionaries with SIM and we have 3 great kids: Eliana, Emma, and Easton. You can find my personal blog at I'm passionate about the Word of God, both written and incarnate, and I long to see our generation transformed so that we can truly know God and reflect Him to the world.
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1 Response to New Publication on Ezekiel by Daniel Block

  1. As (perhaps) one of the few persons who has likely read his ENTIRE NICOT contribution on Ezekiel (or so my thesis advisor told me) including footnotes, I have to say I am incredibly excited about these volumes being published. Thanks for the heads up.

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