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overview of ezra-nehemiah

Jeremy Thompson

on 8 December 2010

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Transcript of ezra-nehemiah

Ezra-Nehemiah General background
1. These two books were originally considered one work called Ezra-Nehemiah
2. Later they get separated (this leads to confusion); also the order of books gets inverted
3. These books recount the history of the Israelites after the Babylonian Exile
4. The people go back to the land of Israel in waves with the blessing of the Persian King (Ezra 1) Recap: united monarchy -> divided monarchy ->Northern Kingdom falls to Assyrians (722) -> Southern Kingdom falls to Babylonians (586) -> Babylonian Exile (ends 539) ->Persian rule britishmuseum.org 1. First part of the book deals with the rebuilding of the temple
- there is some opposition (recall 2 Kings 25)
2. Second part of the book deals with some of the problems in the land
- people need to be taught and governed by Ezra
- problem of mixed marriages - 9-10 (one of the most problematic areas in the Old Testament [Deut. 7] , but compare with Ruth) 1. There is actually more about the person of Ezra in the book of Nehemiah than in the book of Ezra
2. Whereas Ezra deals with the rebuilding of the temple, Nehemiah deals with the rebuilding of the gates
3. Rebuilding of the gates grants some sense of semi-independence
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