Moreover, even critical scholars date Ezekiel very early. Manweiler writes, Ezekiel is probably the most carefully dated of all Old Testament books…
we here note that the majority of biblical scholars, even of those who reject the inspiration and unity of the Bible, believe most of the book was written in the sixth century BC by the prophet Ezekiel..
However, arguments from silence are generally considered weak.
Too, the passage in question (44:1f) does not list Ezra or Mordecai either (among others).
This article will seek to refute the view that the Book of Daniel was written in the second century BC (as many liberals claim) and thus could not have been written by Daniel (ca. Miller concisely states the importance of this study: Ones view concerning authorship and date is significant because it ultimately determines the interpretation of every aspect of this prophecy.
The Date of Daniel One of the arguments put forth which seems to indicate a late date (second century BC) for Daniel is its place in the canon.
Ezekiel was a Judean priest of Yahweh as well as His prophet, as were Jeremiah (Jer. Like Jeremiah, there is no evidence that Ezekiel ever served as a priest in the Jerusalem temple. The last dated prophecy came to the prophet in 571 B. Ezekiel's whole ministry transpired during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (605-562 B. "One of the most complete chronological systems in any book of the Old Testament is found in this prophecy, demonstrating that Ezekiel's ministry covered at least the span of 593 to 571 B. C., so Ezekiel would have been familiar with him and his preaching. Actually, Ezekiel gives us more revelation concerning the eschatonthe far distant futurethan Daniel does.
Ezekiel's priestly background may account in part for the interest in priestly things that his book reflects: the actions of the priests in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem temple, the glory of the Lord, and the future temple yet to be built. Torrey advanced the view that a fictitious pseudo-author wrote the book around 230 B. Date The book records the date of the beginning of Ezekiel's ministry as 593 B. C." Historical Background Since Ezekiel began ministering in 593 B. There are some indications in this book that he was, though Ezekiel never referred to Jeremiah. Ezekiel went to Babylon as a captive during Nebuchadnezzar's second deportation of Jerusalemites in 597 B. along with King Jehoiachin, his household, his officials, and many of the leading men of Judah (2 Kings -17). Ezekiel's concerns were spiritual; Daniel's were mainly political.
"Ezekiel" means "God strengthens (or hardens)" or "God will strengthen (harden)" or "May God strengthen (harden)." The name "Hezekiah" is similar, meaning "May Yahweh strengthen." "It expresses the prayerful wish of his parents that God would care for the newborn child by endowing him with strength, so that he could face life's vicissitudes with confidence." The Lord strengthened Ezekiel in the face of cynicism and rejection by his fellow Jews. His hometown is unknown, and no other biblical writer referred to him. Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Zechariah were the only writing prophets who were also priests, and they all ministered during or after the Babylonian exile. He began ministering when he was 30 years old (1:1), and he gave his last prophecy when he was about 52. Daniel saw the future too, but he did not say as much about the present as Ezekiel did.It probably also explains Ezekiel's familiarity with things connected with priestly ministry, such as cherubim. he combined in a unique way the priest's sense of the holiness of God, the prophet's sense of the message that had been entrusted to him, and the pastor's sense of responsibility for his people." Until the second quarter of the twentieth century almost all biblical scholars viewed the entire book as the product of Ezekiel. C., when he was 30 years old, he would have been born about 623 B. "Both of them seemed to be taking a lone stand for the truth, one in Jerusalem and the other in Babylon: they both insisted that the future of Israel lay with the exiles and not with those left behind in Jerusalem; they both rejected the fatalism of those who quoted the proverb about the fathers eating sour grapes and the children's teeth being set on edge; they both inveighed against the shepherds of Israel who failed to care for the flock; they both emphasized the principle of individual retribution and the need for individual repentance; they both looked forward to a lengthy exile, followed by a restoration under godly leadership; they both spoke in terms of a new covenant which would be inwardly and personally appropriated; and they both spoke against the false prophets who prophesied peace when there was no peace." Daniel went into captivity in 605 B. and was only a teenager then, so his birth year may have been close to 620 B. Ezekiel, then, may have been only a few years older than Daniel. Ten thousand captives went to Babylon then with much confiscated treasure from the temple and the royal palaces. Ezekiel spoke of a future covenant of peace and future worship, but Daniel talked about future kings and kingdoms.Ezekiel's wife died during the course of his ministry (24:2, 15-18), but there is no mention in the book that they had children. C and would have grown up in Judah during King Josiah's reforms (622-609 B. Daniel's ministry continued for about 70 years until about 536 B. Nebuchadnezzar also took most of the craftsmen and smiths to Babylon, and only the poorest of the people remained in the land. The permanent value of the Book of Ezekiel is its revelation of the reason for hope.It is no accident that the three most attacked books of the Bible are also the most significant (Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation).It is commonly known that if the foundation is faulty, the building will soon fall. This being the case, the issue of the date of Daniel will be addressed first.