The relationship between the individualism of Jeremiah and that of Ezekiel
The purpose of the dissertation was to examine the relationship between the development of the concept of individualism in Jeremiah and that of Ezekiel selected pericopes in which individualism is addressed. Then these studies will be synthesized in order to show the development of the theme of individualism between the two books. Rhetorical critical method will be utilized in these studies because it is helpful in grasping the intention of biblical authors.
The similarities between the prophets are observed as follows. First, both Jeremiah and Ezekiel sought the source of sin in the hard heart of each individual. Second, they also emphasized true heart repentance accomplished by a radical change of the heart. Third, they argued the principle of individual responsibility. Finally, both Jeremiah and Ezekiel promised the restoration of the law which will be accomplished by God's making the New Covenant with his people.
Meanwhile, the differences between the prophets on the issue of individualism are observed. First, Jeremiah contributed to the development of individualism in that he revealed his personal deep fellowship with God in the confession passages. Second, Ezekiel argued the need of repentance more persuasively than Jeremiah by opening the door of repentance through the doctrine of individual responsibility and stating the concrete process of repentance. Third, Ezekiel showed the principle of individual responsibility in more detail and more systematically than Jeremiah. While Jeremiah argued the principle of individual responsibility simply, Ezekiel more developed the principle by showing the three generations sample case by case and by using disputation speech. Finally, as a method of restoration of the law, while Jeremiah promised God's writing his law on the heart of each individual, Ezekiel proclaimed that God will give a new heart and new spirit in each individual.
In conclusion, these similarities between the two prophets in the teaching of individualism show that the idea of the individualism of Ezekiel was influenced by that of Jeremiah, and these differences also show that Ezekiel had the deeper understanding of the teaching of individualism than Jeremiah.