Trauma and Post-Trauma in the Book of Ezekiel

Refael Furman

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Reading the Book of Ezekiel in the light of modern sociological and psychological research dealing with emigration, exile and refugees, leads to a better and brighter understanding of the human experience in the Babylonian exile. In Ezekiel's oracles, prophecies and speeches (especially texts such as Ezekiel 3:22-27, 4:4-8 and chapters 16; 23) there are signs of post-traumatic symptoms, not necessarily individual, rather communal. The present article examines the texts in question in the light of clinical, sociological and philosophical literature dealing with forced-migration related trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-59
Number of pages28
JournalOld Testament Essays
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Exile
  • Ezekiel
  • PTSD
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistics and Language


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