AND WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR ALL CHRISTIANS TO LEARN HEBREW, INCLUDING MYSELF
We like our sanitized versions of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible, all under the hegemonizing gaze as either Ancient Near Eastern social justice advocates (liberals) or far-sighted oracles who see the Messiah all around them (conservatives). Not all prophets were alike, I am sorry, and they were not nice when it came to language. In fact, one could say they were rather profane in the name of speaking for the sacred. Ezekiel, for example, from the translations and interpretations I have read, was quite lewd in his depiction of Israel and Judah (especially chapters 16 and 23). Roland Boer, to put it in the most politically correct way possible, tried to uncover masculine sexual imagery in the prophets. But the oh so diverse and academic elites at the SBL did not approve of his title even though the paper had already been accepted. Talk about critical scholarship! Fortunately, Boer has made his paper available on Scribd; I would recommend you read it, it is fascinating and even some insight into the story of Samson the judge (judge being basically a prophet with military and political power, in my view).
Boer’s work increases my fanboyism for the book of Ezekiel that much greater. If you are interested in my more experimental and developing post-colonial interpretation of Ezekiel, you can find it on Scribd as well.