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Book of Ezekiel What's Up With the Title?

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What's Up With the Title?

Well, the title is Ezekiel's name, and it's his prophecies that make up the whole of the book.

Ezekiel's name, in Hebrew, means something like "May God strengthen him." Some scholars maintain that the proper translation is, "May God provide him with a rigorous strength-training regimen," but that's highly controversial.

Like other Major Prophets, Ezekiel's account has its own style, its own personality. If Isaiah leads the reader towards a future time of reconciliation and universal peace and love, and Jeremiah brings on doom and gloom and God's wrath, Ezekiel seems to disturb the reader with God's mysteriousness and strangeness.

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