Ezekiel was a prophet during the dark days of the exile of his people in Babylon, both before and after the destruction of the city of Jerusalem. Speaking to a people who had lost everything, Ezekiel nevertheless had the difficult task of making Judah aware of their rebellion against God – and of its consequences. Through all the unusual and confusing turns of Ezekiel’s account, John L. Mackay provides a scholarly treatment of the Old Testament prophet, without losing a sense of reverence and devotion towards the God Ezekiel served. Offering great depths of exegesis and great warmth of pastoral insight, these two exhaustive volumes are aimed at the pastor and student.
John L. Mackay (1948–2018) was the Principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh where he taught Old Testament from 1983 until his retirement in 2013. He was a highly–respected Old Testament scholar and authored several well–received commentaries on a range of Biblical books.
It is a believing work, affirming divine inspiration from the outset, and thus refreshing and vital. It is a comprehensive work; relentless, yet still accessible. This is not just another commentary; it takes its place amongst the best.
- Jared Hood, Old Testament Lecturer, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne
- D. Eryl Davies, Elder, Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff & Consulting Editor, Evangelical Magazine
The commentary is marked by considerable scholarship with judicious comment on the relevant literature. It is also very readable. Pastoral and practical concerns are handled sensitively. Don’t be tempted to ignore the introductory material which is as lucid an account as I have read of Ezekiel’s life and times and a fascinating discussion of the relationship of the Spirit of God and the human personality.
- Bob Fyall, Pastor, Preacher and Old Testament Scholar