EZEKIEL’S FAMOUS vision of the valley of dry bones has a deeper secondary meaning — a message for a supernatural audience that had conned Israel’s pagan neighbors into believing their ancestors were divine and could return to the land of the living.
God’s message, here and elsewhere (for example, the raising of Lazarus), was not just that He would restore Israel to the land, but that a resurrection for the faithful was coming. We discuss the implications of the dry bones in the context of other Old Testament passages that refer to the Rephaim, the divinized dead of the pagan Canaanites/Amorites. For example:
- Isaiah 26:13-19 (but compare the different translations of verse 19 in the ESV, KJV, and especially the Septuagint, which renders the last line, “the land of the ungodly [rapha, or Rephaim] shall perish.”)
- Job 26:5-6 (read “Rephaim” for “dead”)
- Isaiah 14:9-10 (read “Rephaim” for “shades”)
There is more going on here than is revealed by a surface level reading, and it sets up the next two chapters of Ezekiel — his prophecy of the war of Gog of Magog.
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