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Category: Post Exilic History

104 Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1 Ezra had gone to restore the religion and build the city at the command of Artaxerxes longimanus in 457 B.C.  Ezra had logically placed his first priority as restoring the true worship of YHVH and building the city had been largely neglected until Nehemiah arrived in 444 B.C. and even then there were […]

103 Ezra

Ezra Introduction The Book of Ezra was originally combined with the Book of Nehemiah in a single book of Ezra / Nehemiah.  The two books became separated in the early centuries of the Christian era. In the restoration from the Babylonian captivity, three successive leaderships carried out three different missions; The First Part: recorded by Ezra, is […]

102 Esther and Purim

The Decree of Cyrus to Build the Temple NOTE:  Ezra is recording the decree of Cyrus and the history of building the Temple, but Ezra did NOT go to Judea until many years later and AFTER the Temple was completed!   It was “the chief of the fathers [Elders and family leaders] of Judah and […]

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