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Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel

Safwat Marzouk

Published by Mohr Siebeck Gmbh & Co. K Jun 2015, 2015
ISBN 10: 3161532457 / ISBN 13: 9783161532450
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Title: Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck Gmbh & Co. K Jun 2015

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Taschenbuch

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Neuware - Appealing to Monster Theory and the ancient Near Eastern motif of 'Chaoskampf,' Safwat Marzouk argues that the paradoxical character of the category of the monster is what prompts the portrayal of Egypt as a monster in the book of Ezekiel. While on the surface the monster seems to embody utter difference, underlying its otherness there is a disturbing sameness. Though the monster may be defeated and its body dismembered, it is never completely annihilated. Egypt is portrayed as a monster in the book of Ezekiel because Egypt represents the threat of religious assimilation. Although initially the monstrosity of Egypt is constructed because of the shared elements of identity between Egypt and Israel, the prophet flips this imagery of monster in order to embody Egypt as a monstrous Other. In a combat myth, YHWH defeats the monster and dismembers its body. Despite its near annihilation, Egypt, in Ezekiel's rhetoric, is not entirely obliterated. Rather, it is kept at bay, hovering at the periphery, questioning Israel's identity. 289 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783161532450

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