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This book is named after the prophet Ezekiel, whose name means "God is strong." The Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem in 588 B.C., and in 586 the city and temple were burned. Israel's monarchy was ended; the City of David and the Lord's temple no more.
Ezekiel was among the more than 3,000 Jews exiled to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 B.C., and there among the exiles he received his call to become a prophet. As a priest-prophet called to minister to the exiles, his message had much to do with temple and its ritual.
Since the book of Ezekiel contains many dates, its prophecies can be dated with considerable precision. Ezekiel's period of activity coincided with Jerusalem's darkest hour. His messages are dated between 593 and 571 B.C.
Nowhere in the Bible are God's initiative and control over all creation expressed more clearly and pervasively than in Ezekiel. This sovereign God must be known and acknowledged by everyone, for at least 65 times we read the cause (or variations): "Then they will know that I am the LORD." God's total sovereignty is also evident in his mobility. He is not limited to the temple or even to the city of Jerusalem; he can respond to his people anywhere and under any circumstance.
This book is named after the prophet ministry it records. Daniel recounts events that took place during Israel's captivity in Babylon.
In several passages, such as 9:2 and 10:2, the book itself mentions Daniel as the author. Jesus himself referred to Daniel as the author (Mt 24:15). This would indicate that the book was written about 530 B.C., shortly after the capture of Babylon by Cyrus in 539. Not all scholars agree with this date.
The theological theme of the book is God's sovereignty: "the Most High God has sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals" (5:21). Daniel's visions show God as triumphant. The prophet encourages the people to trust in God who controls all history; by depending on Him they would experience victory over their enemies.