Dating the book of ezekiel
In the fifth year of his exile, sitting on the banks of the river, he received his prophetic calling together with his first recorded revelation.
There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. -20) Such passages may be offensive to the modern reader, but for the prophet they were a meant to shock the hearer out of his complacency and bring him into repentance.Only repentance and obedience to God's laws would win their redemption.The hope of redemption in Ezekiel's view involved Israel's liberation from captivity, the rebuilding of the Temple and the coming of the Davidic Messiah, whom he described in very certain terms: I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.Ezekiel himself was married, lived in his own house, and entertained many prestigious guests.As a priest exiled from the Temple in which he could practice his craft, Ezekiel certainly suffered spiritually.Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. (Ezekiel -29) Like Jeremiah before him, Ezekiel saw Babylon as the instrument of God's wrath against Judah on account of her sins.God's people were therefore not to resist their captivity, but to submit to the Babylonian yoke.However, it would be a mistake to consider him mainly as a visionary.The primary focus of his ministry was to urge the exiles to repent of their sins and live in accordance with God's ways.At times he appears to have been paralyzed and unable to speak as a result of his spiritual experiences (Ezek. Although he often appeared as a serious and even gloomy figure, Ezekiel also expressed a powerful hope for the redemption of God's people.This is exemplified in such prophecies as the coming of the messianic king, the re-union of God and His people, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the resurrection of dead (also interpreted as the spiritual resurrection of Israel.) Ezekiel's prophecies extended over twenty-two years.