Abstract and Keywords
This chapter looks at the language of Ezekiel’s visions, especially in chapters 1 and 10, within the context of a forced cultural contact with Babylonian colonizers. This language evidences not only the bewildering effect of inter-cultural contact, as noted by other scholars, but also the traumatic response of the colonized—who are trying to make sense of their new context. Furthermore, an application of the trope of the “comparative gaze” to the prophet’s vision reports can call attention to the othering of both parties in this interchange. Ezekiel’s use of heavily visual language is also evident in more contemporary instances in which speakers or writers are reflecting upon forced cultural contact.
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