Ezekiel

Author: Ezekiel

Period: 593-c.560 B.C.

Title: The English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin versions all name this book after Ezekiel, the prophet whose ministry is recorded in the book. The name Ezekiel (Hebrew Chizkiyahu) means "God is strong" or "God strengthens."

Summary: This book records the activity of the prophet Ezekiel during the exile in Babylon. His message was directed to fellow captives and to Jews still present in the land of Judah. Both groups refuse to listen and remain unwilling to accept the rule of Babylon. Ezekiel proclaimed good news to the exiles that Israel, after being chastened, would be restored and God's Kingdom would rise. This future Kingdom will last forever and God's people will never again be cast out.

Breakdown:

Prophecies against Judah and Jerusalem: Chapter 1:1 - 24:27

Oracles against foreign nations: the universal sovereignty of God: Chapter 25:1 - 32:32

Prophecies about the restitution of Israel: Chapter 33:1 - 39:29

Vision of the restored community: the new temple and new law: Chapter 40:1 - 48:35

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