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Allegory of the Unfaithful Wife The passage that will be discussed in this paper is The Allegory of the Unfaithful Wife found in Ezekiel 161-63 New Oxford Annotated Bible There are two allegories in this chapter The first is the abandoned child in verses one through forty-three and the other is the three sisters in verses forty-four through sixty-three The Greek translation of the word allegory means to speak other Allegory is a way of reading texts in which the surface sense is seen as a code concealing a deeper meaning Smith 38 In this analysis paper this writer will be discussing the wickedness sin and inappropriate actions of Jerusalem which is a major concern from the first verse to the last for the Lord Although Jerusalem the people of Israel continued to perform their unacceptable acts the Lord was still willing to secure a covenant with them in the end This passage is somewhat difficult to explain and understand therefore it may be helpful to have some background information about its author Ezekiel was a priest whose ministry extends from 593 to 563 BCE Among the Jews who were exiled to Babylon 597 BCE Ezekiel received his call to become a prophet in 593 BCE when he experienced a call from the Lord For twenty years he fulfilled the role of prophet exclusively to the exiles Tullock 262 More than any other prophet he was directed to involve himself in the divine world personally by acting it out in prophetic symbolism Barker 1218-1220 Beginning with the first chapter of the book it is quite evident that Ezekiel was a most unusual man who had strange visionary experiences Tullock 262 He was very fond of using allegories In this particular passage Jerusalem is depicted as an unfaithful wife to her covenant position There are forty-eight
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