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Clothing, nudity, and shame in the Book of Ezekiel and Prophetic Oracles of Judgement

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by T & T Clark an imprint of Bloomsbury Academic in 'Clothing and Nudity in the Hebrew Bible' on June 2019, available online: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/clothing-and-nudity-in-the-hebrew-bible-9780567678478/

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClothing and Nudity in the Hebrew Bible
EditorsChristoph Berner, Sarah Schulz, Manuel Schäfer, Martin Schott, Martina Weingärtner
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherT & T Clark
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780567678478
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2019


The topics of clothing, nudity, and shame are linked closely in the prophetic books and open up a theological pattern of salvation and judgement. It is especially the book of Ezekiel that in the historic reviews Ezek 16 and 23 describes the history of Israel in terms of nudity and clothing. While Israel’s initial need of help is symbolised by the nudity of personified Jerusalem, who is nurtured and clothed by Yhwh, its later infidelity results in the violent loss of her clothing.
The paper will investigate the occurrences of these topics in the prophetic book and shows how they are used to interpret biblical history.

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