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Perhaps your implication is that the passage involved is too recent to have been Ezeckiel's. Fine.

If the word "Biblical" is too broad, what would be a more precise word?
P. M.

P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Perhaps more evidence that Eliot's notes are not to be taken too seriously. In fact the Ez. passage explains itself as being analogical.
>Still the image of bones coming back to life does suggest that the possibility of resurrection was not unheard of in Ez.'s time.
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>Jerome Walsh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>That is the common, but unhistorical, reading of the "dry bones," and may well have been Eliot's take on the "dry bones" passage (Ezek 37:1-14).  Christian exegesis, starting from the Christian belief in life after death, almost inevitably reads the whole Old Testament as if that idea were present throughout.  Historically, however, it is not; it seems to make its first appearance in Israelite/Jewish thought in the second century BC (Ezekiel lived four centuries earlier).  Ezekiel's "dry bones" is a reference to the Israelites exiled in Babylon, and their "resurrection" is his anticipation of the eventual restoration of an Israelite polity after the "death" of the Babylonian Exile.
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>On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:21 AM, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>In their Biblical context they are connected with resurrection. See Eliot's notes.
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>P. M.
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>Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>I wonder if the image of 'dry bones' in Eliot's poetry has been explicated enough. It seems like a state of sublimation reached after the dross of 'personality' has been shed and a state is reached which is, to use a phrase from the Bhagavad Gita, 'beyond the gunas', i.e. beyond the qualities we associate with the earthly self. It is an arrival at a state of impersonality, if you like. The process of sublimation and the accruing state are described at some length in section II of  'Ash-Wednesday'. Here's a link to the poem:
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