Jun 29, 2011

The Major Prophets

Jack KelleyBy Jack Kelley

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Q. Am I correct in saying that three of the four Major Prophets (except Isaiah) came during the time of the Babylonian Captivity? Also, I cannot find any scriptures relating to how any of the four Major Prophets died. Can you help?

A. Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah all served the Lord during the time of the Babylonian conquest which began in 605 BC and was followed by the destruction of Jerusalem in 586. The first of the major prophets, Isaiah, lived about 150 years previously, but among other things prophesied about the Babylonian Conquest as well.

The Prophet Isaiah’s Tomb in IsraelTradition holds that Isaiah was sawed in half in Jerusalem by King Manasseh, hinted at in Hebrews 11:37. He’s buried in northern Israel.

Daniel likely died of natural causes in Persia, and is revered today by the Iranians. His grave is most likely in Susa, in modern Iran.

Jeremiah was taken to Egypt at age 70 following the conquest of Israel. (Jer. 43:4-7) He was reportedly murdered there by people angered by his prophecies.

Ezekiel died of unknown causes and is probably buried in al Kifl, in modern day Iraq.

Related Links

The Major Prophets - Bible.org (J. Hampton Keathley, III)
Tomb of Daniel - Wikipedia
Book of Jeremiah - GotQuestions.org
Video: Ezekiel’s Tomb In Iraq - New York Times
Map of The Babylonian Captivity - Bible-History.com