Dry Bones song: Ezekiel cried, ‘Dem dry bones!’
This reminds me that a couple of years ago, we went to the Body Worlds exhibit when it was in Milwaukee, and it was a fairly disturbing experience.
Ezekiel 37 is interpreted as a prophecy of the restoration of Israel, whose people were exiles in Babylon at the time of this vision. In a broader sense, the vision is also seen as a foreshadowing of the idea of individual resurrection of the dead.
Last Friday, I had a long conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness who rang my bell. A cold wind was pulling hard on our storm door as I held its handle, and in leaving, this visitor gave me a Bible verse to look up and ponder on my own — John 5:28:
Do not be surprised at this,
For the hour is coming
when the dead will leave their graves
at the sound of his voice
It’s certainly a compelling concept, this reversal of death, especially in these days leading up to Halloween, when so much outdoor life is winding down and falling away. It might be nice to rewind back to August.
Dry Bones song
Of course, that same Ezekiel passage also served as the basis for a traditional spiritual song, “Dem Bones, Dry Bones” or “Dem Dry Bones,” which, according to Wikipedia, was “used to teach basic anatomy to children.”
Well the toe bone connected to your foot bone
The foot bone connected to your heel bone
The heel bone connected to your ankle bone
The ankle bone connected to your leg bone
The leg bone connected to your knee bone
The knee bone connected to your thigh bone
The thigh bone connected to your hip bone
The hip bone connected to your backbone
The back bone connected to your shoulder bone
The shoulder bone connected to your neck bone
The neck bone connected to your head bone
Now hear the word of the Lord
Skeletons holding hands
Finishing out my orthopedic meditation today is a news story that the The Sun titles “Boneo And Juliet.”
It concerns a pair of skeletons unearthed at a monastery in Cluj, Romania. The couple, buried together in a joint tomb maybe 500 years ago, have been holding hands ever since. A version of the story at Archaeology Magazine includes a photo.