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Ezekiel riding in the Chariot of Fire Agape Bible Study
The Book of Ezekiel

The Book of Ezekiel is the third of the books of the Major Prophets, coming after the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah in the Christian canon. Ezekiel's mission to the Judean exiles in Babylon was to prepare them for the greatest crisis in the history of Yahweh's covenant people: the destruction of the holy city of Jerusalem and Yahweh's Temple. In a first-person narrative, Ezekiel tells his fellow Judeans that their exile and suffering is not because of any failure or lack of fidelity on God's part. Their exile and suffering is because of their sins as individuals and as a covenant people, their failure to repent their sins, and their infidelity to their covenant with Yahweh that they swore to obey to receive the blessings of God's protection. The visions Ezekiel received when God called him to his prophetic ministry are some of the most vivid and dramatic images in Sacred Scripture.
All references for the course are found in the Course Bibliography.

Lesson Number Date Description Handouts
Lesson 1 Sept 6, 2017 Part I: Introduction and
Chapter 1
Handouts
Lesson 2 Sept 13, 2017 Part I: Ezekiel's Call to a Prophetic Ministry
Chapters 2-3: Ezekiel's Commissioning, the Vision of the Scroll, the Prophet as Watchman, and the First Symbolic Act
Part II: Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapters 4-5: Symbolic Acts Relating to the Siege of Jerusalem
Handouts
Lesson 3 Sept 20, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapter 6-9: The Sins of Israel/Judah and Ezekiel's Vision-Journey to the Jerusalem Temple
Handouts
Lesson 4 Sept 27, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapters 10:1-11:25 ~ The Conclusion of Ezekiel's Vision-Journey to the Jerusalem Temple
Chapter 12 ~ Symbolic Acts Concerning the Exile
Handouts
Lesson 5 Oct 4, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapter 13: An Oracle Against the False Prophets
Chapter 14: An Oracle Against the Idolatrous Elders in Exile
Chapter 15: The Parable of the Vine
Handouts
Lesson 6 Oct 11, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapter 16: An Allegorical History of Jerusalem
Chapter 17: The Parables of the Two Eagles
and the Two Shoots from the Cedar Tree
Chapter 18: The Soul That Sins Will Die
Handouts
Lesson 7 Oct 18, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapter 19: A Lament for Jerusalem and Her Princes
Chapter 20: A History of Israel's Ingratitude and Infidelity
Chapter 21: The Sword of Yahweh
Handouts
Lesson 8 Oct 25, 2017 Part II: God's Judgment of the Covenant People
Chapter 22: The Sins of People of Jerusalem
Chapter 23: An Allegorical History of Jerusalem and Samaria
Chapter 24: Announcement of the Siege of Jerusalem
Handouts
Lesson 9 Nov 1, 2017 Part III: Judgment of the Nations
Chapter 25-27: Prophecies Against Seven Nations
Handouts
Lesson 10 Nov 8, 2017 Part III: Judgment Against the Nations
Chapter 28: The Pride of Tyre is the Reason for its Ruin, Judgment Against Sidon, and Israel Delivered from the Nations
Chapters 29-30: Judgment Against Egypt
Handouts
Lesson 11 Nov 15, 2017 Lesson 11
Part III: Judgment Against the Nations Concluded
Chapters 31-32: Conclusion of the Oracles Against Egypt
Part IV: Oracles of Salvation and Promised Restoration for Israel
Chapter 33: During and After the Siege of Jerusalem
Handouts
No Class Nov 22, 2017 Thanksgiving Week  
Lesson 12 Nov 29, 2017 Chapters 33-34  
Lesson 13 Dec 6, 2017 Chapters 35-36  
Lesson 14 Dec 13, 2017 Chapters 37-38  
No Class Dec 20, 2017 Christmas Week  
No Class Dec 27, 2017 New Year's Week  
Lesson 15 Jan 3, 2018 Chapters 39-40  
Lesson 16 Jan 10, 2018 Chapters 41-42  
Lesson 17 Jan 17, 2018 Chapters 43-44  
Lesson 18 Jan 24, 2018 Chapters 45-46  
Lesson 19 Jan 31, 2018 Chapters 47-48  
Lesson 20 Feb 7, 2018 Conclusion  

 

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