Date: 600-550 BC
Ezekiel is a very challenging book for several reasons. The author uses unfamiliar apocalyptic imagery to describe many things. The historical situation in which Ezekiel wrote is rather complicated and many of the events in the book occur only in visions. Even Ezekiel's geographical location is puzzling. Much of the exacting detail in his visions seems unnecessary.
Ezekiel was a priest and a prophet who was taken from
Ezekiel's visions are categorized as apocalyptic literature. Daniel, Zechariah and Revelation also contain apocalyptic literature as do several non-canonical books from biblical times. Apocalyptic literature uses a mixture of complex symbols to talk about catastrophic events in the future. Each of Ezekiel's visions serves as a window into the spiritual life of
Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel performs some dramatic prophetic acts. These acts serve as visual aids to Ezekiel's prophetic message from the Lord. Most of Ezekiel's prophetic acts anticipate the Lord's judgment on
Scholars debate exactly where Ezekiel was located during his ministry. Ezekiel seems to be transported by God a few times, but it is not exactly clear if the "transports" are physical or visionary (see 8:3, 11:24, 43:5). The most likely proposals suggest he was located in
Like the other prophets, Ezekiel has a message of judgment and a message of restoration. He announces God's judgment against
By Mark Giszczak