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Book of Ezekiel
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The faith of Ezekiel in the ultimate establishment of a new covenant between God and the people of Israel has had profound influence on the postexilic reconstruction and reorganization of Judaism. For Ezekiel and his people, these years were bitter ones because the remnant of the Israelite domain, the little state of Judah, was eliminated by the rising Babylonian empire under Nebuchadrezzar reigned bc. Jerusalem surrendered in bc. Israelite resistance was nevertheless renewed, and in the city was destroyed after a lengthy siege. In both debacles , and indeed again in , large numbers from the best elements of the surviving population were forcibly deported to Babylonia. Before the first surrender of Jerusalem, Ezekiel was a functioning priest probably attached to the Jerusalem Temple staff.
According to dates given in the text, Ezekiel received his prophetic call in the fifth year of the first deportation to Babylonia bc and was active until about bc. Most of this time was spent in exile.
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The visions, and the book, are structured around three themes: 1 Judgment on Israel chapters 124 ; 2 Judgment on the nations chapters 2532 ; and 3 Future blessings for Israel chapters 33 Its later influence has included the development of mystical and apocalyptic traditions in Second Temple and rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. Ezekiel has the broad three-fold structure found in a number of the prophetic books: oracles of woe against the prophet's own people, followed by oracles against Israel's neighbours, ending in prophecies of hope and salvation:. The book moves on to anticipate the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, explains this as God's punishment, and closes with the promise of a new beginning and a new Temple. Some of the highlights include: . The Book of Ezekiel describes itself as the words of the Ezekiel ben-Buzi, a priest living in exile in the city of Babylon between and BC. Most scholars today accept the basic authenticity of the book, but see in it significant additions by a "school" of later followers of the original prophet.
Ezekiel active 6th century B. He held that each man is responsible for his own acts. Little is known about Ezekiel's personal life. The son of Buzi, he was apparently a descendant of the priestly family of Zadok. While in Jerusalem, he had been influenced by his older contemporary Jeremiah. Ezekiel was exiled to Babylonia with King Jehoiachin in B.