Gog of Magog: Reuse of Scripture and Compositional Technique in Ezekiel 38-39

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The Gog Oracles’ (Ezek 38-39) reuse of antecedent scripture is crucial to their purpose and meaning. The pattern of continuous allusion in the Gog Oracles reflects something more than a writer saturated with scriptural idiom. It is a practice of disciplined and deliberate reference to select texts on select themes. William Tooman shows that recognizing the volume and density of scriptural reuse within the Gog Oracles is indispensible for understanding these chapters’ role within the book, its composition, and its place within Second Temple literature. A close examination of the methods, effects, and motives of scriptural reuse that are evident within the Gog oracles reveals that these chapters are a unified composition that was crafted as a supplement to a book of Ezekiel, in order to fill gaps in the book‘s message and to harmonize the book with other traditions of prophetic revelation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTubingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages354
ISBN (Print)978-3-16-150857-8
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameForschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reiche
PublisherMohr Siebeck
ISSN (Print)1611-4914


  • Ezekiel
  • Inner-biblical intepretation
  • Gog
  • Ezekiel 38-39
  • scripturalization
  • redaction
  • composition
  • eschatology
  • Prophets
  • Hebrew Bible


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