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28). ), we should try to determine what the term "effulgence" (kabod) means, especially in the context of the priestly tradition in which Ezekiel was formed. Excursus on the Divine Effulgence We begin with the portable shrine of the early Israelites known as the ark, later as the ark of the covenant. Like the pre-Islamic Arabic qubba, this object was carried into battle and used for purposes of divination. The corresponding Hebrew word ('aron) means a chest or container. In the course of time the ark came to be thought of as containing the tablets on which the law was written, hence the title "ark of the covenant" (Deut.
Page 6 If we accept the premise that structure is an integral part of the total meaning of a text, we must go on to ask what meaning is conferred on the prophecy as a whole by arranging the several parts in this way. The central point or fulcrum on which the prophecy turns is the fall of Jerusalem which also stands at the halfway mark between the beginning of the exile and the vision of the restored temple. It marks the death of Israel, a violent death, and the discourses, sermons, and poems of the first half explain why it came about.
Thus the idea of the divine effulgence was associated with the ark from earliest times, an association that is richly developed in the priestly traditions with which Ezekiel was familiar. The theme of the exile of the effulgence, structurally and theologically of great importance in Ezekiel, is traceable to the same source, Page 19 one of many examples of Ezekiel's adaptation of traditions from the early period of Israel's history, including the early history of prophecy. It would still be widely agreed that learned priestly circles reworked these early traditions during and after the exile in response to the needs of a new age and that the results of their labors are to be found in the first five or six books of the Hebrew Bible.