In November I went to the annual national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco. I spent three days listening to over 30 papers written by some of the most preeminent biblical scholars in the world. It was quite an amazing experience. Hopefully, one day I will present something at that conference, but that’s a day at least several years away. For now I’d like to turn several of my favorite presentations into blog posts. Many of the presentations I heard were on magic, amulets, spells, and exorcism in the biblical world. Join me as we look at the first one: the exorcism of Jesus. (update: May 3, 2013: I never got around to writing the other two. Sorry. I have changed the title to reflect that this is no longer “Part 1”.)
On Thursday I turned in my final paper for my Advanced Introduction to the New Testament class. The paper was called: “The Eschatology of the Old Testament: A Case Study in Ezekiel 40 – 48”. If you don’t know, “eschatology” comes from the Greek word “eschaton” which means “end”. So “eschatology” is a theology of the end. What happens at the end? People have been asking this question for a long time. It’s a very interesting subject because the canonized Hebrew Bible does not have the fully developed eschatologies that Judaism and Christianity would later see. Ezekiel 40-48 is of particular interest given the way that the writer of Revelation leaned massively on it. I have posted my paper for you here if you are interested to read it. If you do subject yourself to it here is what I recommend: first read through Ezekiel 40-48, and then second, keep your bible out because you’ll also want to read other passages to which I refer (Jer 31, Zech 14, etc).
If anyone is brave enough to read it, I’d love to know your thoughts.
P.S. Yes, I do know there are a few errors in the paper. I missed them before I turned it in.