(flourished 6th century BC) Priest and prophet of ancient Israel. He was the subject and partial author of the biblical book of Ezekiel. He began to prophesy to the Jews in Palestine c. 592 BC, pronouncing God's judgment on a sinful nation. He witnessed the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylon and saw his fellow Israelites taken away into captivity. He offered a promise of Israel's restoration in his famous vision of a valley of dry bones that revive and assemble themselves. He envisaged a theocratic community revolving around a restored Temple in Jerusalem.