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THE VISION OF EZEKIEL: THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES- John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

English:  Ezekiel
Hebrew:  יחזקאל
Transliterated:  Yechezhk'el
Other names:   

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  Ezekiel
Are the key people:  Ezekiel, Ezekiel's wife, the kings and leaders of Israel, Nebuchadnezzar, "the prince"
Is it written to:  The people of Israel in captivity in Babylon.

 

whatWhat

Messages of doom for Jerusalem and Judea (Ezekiel 1-24)
Messages of doom for seven foreign nations (Ezekiel 25-32)
Messages of hope for the people of Israel who honor him (Ezekiel 33-48)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 571 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 586 BCE - future
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  Babylon
Did the events occur:  Israel, Jerusalem, Babylon, and Egypt

 

whyWhy

Ezekiel was written to inform us that: 
G-d holiness cannot be compromised.
G-d judges sin.
G-d is able to restore those who have been judged.
G-d judges leaders with a greater and stricter measure.

 

whyIntroduction

The book of Ezekiel is historical narrative, prophecy, and apocalyptic vision. It begins with a dramatic depiction of Ezekiel's vision of the G-d and His entourage of angels. Ezekiel writes while in captivity in Babylon, "the land of the Chaldeans", to both the exiles and the people left in Judah. His message is both G-d's warning and judgment to prophesy the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. After that judgment comes to pass, G-d gave Ezekiel a message of hope and comfort for the people of Judah. Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones is a powerful depiction of G-d's ability to restore His people.

 

 

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