Study questions, maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study the Old Testament book of Ezekiel.
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- Ezekiel was the son of a priest who lived as an exile in Babylon.
- Ezekiel was 25 years old at the time of the exile (assuming the thirty years of Ezek 1:1 refers to his age).
- He was 30 years old when he begin his prophetic ministry in the 5th year of Jehoiachin’s exile (592 BC).
- His ministry dates from 592-570 BC, during the first phase of the Babylonian captivity.
- He lived in his own house in exile, at Tel Abib on the Great Canal (Ezek 3:15). If the river Kebar can be identified with Babylonian naru kabari, his house was located between Babylon and Nippur, in one of the Jewish colonies that the Babylonians had transplanted from Judah.
- Ezekiel means “God strengthens” or the “strength of God.”
- 1:1-3:27 Ezekiel sees the glory and receives the call
- 4:1-24:27 – Judgments against Judah; Fate of Judah Before the siege (593 BC – 588 BC)
- 25:1-32:32 – Judgments against Nations; Foes of Judah during the siege (587-586 BC)
- 33:1-39:29 – Restoration of Israel; Future of Judah after the siege (586-571 BC)
- 40:1-48:35 – Visions of the Temple
Timeline of the Exile
- 722 BC – Northern kingdom taken into captivity in Assyria
- 612 BC – Babylonians and Medes conquer Assyria
- 605 BC – Babylonians battle Egyptians at Carchemish; Nebuchadnezzar becomes king of Babylon; The Babylonians invade Judah; First wave of deportation of Jews to Babylon; Daniel is taken captive and begins to prophesy
- 601 BC – Babylonians battle Egypt, both sides suffer losses; Judah decides to realign itself with Egypt
- 597 BC -Jehoachin becomes king of Judah; Babylonians capture Jerusalem; Second wave of deportation to Babylon from Judah; Ezekiel is taken captive to Babylon; Zedekiah becomes king of Judah
- 593 BC -Ezekiel begins to prophesy
- 586 BC -The Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the Temple; Jerusalem’s walls and gates are burned with fire; Third wave of Jews deported to Babylon and the Babylonian Exile begins
Genre: Understanding Prophecy
Biblehub: Timeline of Ezekiel
Ray Stedman: Overview: Ezekiel: Wheels, Bones, and Restoration
John MacArthur: Ezekiel Introduction
James van Dine: Analysis of Ezekiel
David Malick: An Introduction to the Book of Ezekiel
JVernon McGee: Ezekiel – Notes and Outlines
William Orr: Key to Ezekiel
Charles Swindoll: Book of Ezekiel Overview
Maps from Holman Bible Atlas
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
Judah Alone amid International Powers
The Persian Period
- Son of man, covenant, vision (s), glory, Spirit (spirit), know that I am the Lord, iniquity, rebelled (rebellious), wrath, heart, harlot (harlotries, adultery, adulteries, adulteress).
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Ezekiel, Theology of
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Ezekiel
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Ezekiel
Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Ezekiel
The Jewish Encyclopedia: Ezekiel
Fausset Bible Dictionary: Ezekiel
Holman Bible Dictionary: Ezekiel
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Ezekiel
Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Ezekiel
Commentaries & Study Bibles
Commentary Reviews: Ezekiel
Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Ezekiel
Matthew Henry: Ezekiel
Albert Barnes Notes: Ezekiel
Reformation Study Bible Notes: Ezekiel
Geneva Study Bible: Ezekiel
Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Ezekiel
Try to find the works of Dr. Erika Moore on Ezekiel. She is working on an Ezekiel commentary (not yet published as I post this). If you have a chance to hear her speak in person, take it — especially if she is speaking on Ezekiel.
What Exactly did Ezekiel See? – Video lecture