God’s use of foreign rulers for Israel’s sake; opposition to Israel from foreign neighbours; and the need to separate Israel from foreign neighbours to preserve the purity of the people of God. When Early Christian authors cite the ‘Book of Ezra” it is always ‘ Esdras alpha’ to which they refer; ‘Esdras beta’ Ezra—Nehemiah was included in Christian bibles from the 4th century onwards, but appears rarely to have been read as scripture. The earliest Christian commentary on Ezra—Nehemiah is that of Bede in the early 8th century. Origen ‘s proposal that it be separated into two books was rejected by Jerome in his Latin Vulgate translation, but later medieval manuscripts of the Vulgate, especially the Paris Bibles of the 13th century onwards, increasingly split them, so that the two-books tradition became fixed in the Western church. Jewish bibles continued to treat as a single work, with the title “Ezra,” until the 15th century AD,  but modern Hebrew bibles still print the Masoretic notes at the end of Nehemiah listing the middle verse as Nehemiah 3: This consensus was challenged in the late s in an important article by Sara Japhet , and today three positions dominate discussion: Many scholars accept these as genuine, but a study by Lester Grabbe indicates that while genuine Persian documents may underlie a number of them, they have been reworked to fit the purposes of later writers. Williamson sees three basic stages to the composition of Ezra—Nehemiah:
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Click for Ezra and Esther Home Page with all Lessons, Audio, and Handouts Last week we started looking at the way that time is treated in the book of Ezra, and we saw that it is treated in an unusual way. The first half of the book covers nearly a century while the second half of the book covers only a single year. Also, at times Ezra jumps forward and backward in time. Our question was why. Why does Ezra do this, and is there a message for us? There are four main time anomalies in Ezra, and we looked at the first of them last week — why does Ezra jump back in time at the end of Chapter 4?
Question: “What are the books of 1 Esdras and 2 Esdras?” Answer: The books of 1 and 2 Esdras are not part of the biblical canon. First Esdras is part of what is considered the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical scripture. Second Esdras is an apocalyptic work and is considered for some Greek Orthodox, Episcopal, or Lutheran Bibles, 1 and 2 Esdras do not appear in most Bibles.
What are the books of 1 Esdras and 2 Esdras? The books of 1 and 2 Esdras are not part of the biblical canon. Second Esdras is an apocalyptic work and is considered pseudepigraphal. Authorship and dating of 1 and 2 Esdras are somewhat problematic, and some scholars place the writing of certain portions of 2 Esdras as late as the 2nd century AD.
There are some historical problems with 1 and 2 Esdras. In the narrative of 1 Esdras, the reign of the Persian King Artaxerxes incorrectly precedes those of Cyrus the Great c. First Esdras appears in the Septuagint as an expanded book of Ezra, containing four additional chapters. This book was said to be known by Josephus born AD
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Excerpt Excavations in Jerusalem in —80 by Gabriel Barkay turned up two amulets dating from the late seventh century BC. They were found in the fourth of several burial caves he discovered on an escarpment known as Ketef Hinnom, which overlooks the Hinnom Valley just opposite Mt. Each amulet contained a rolled-up sheet of silver which, when unrolled, revealed the Priestly Benediction inscribed on them
CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL MONTHLY The Nature of Spiritual lllness WILLIAM EDWARD HULME Ezra and Nehemiah: A Review of the dating certain Old Testament personages. between Ezra-Nehemiah and the books of Chronicles is quite involved.4 William F.
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Two of the most important books describing the triumph and tragedies of the repatriated Jewish people during this time are the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Taking you on a guided tour of this important era is the respected Biblical scholar John MacArthur. In twelve interesting chapters Mr. MacArthur walks you through the history of the 2nd temple era as described in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Zerubbabel, Jeshua and Ezra are also present at the Dedication Ceremony of the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Wall in Nehemiah This Dedication happens in BC, according to many current Bible chronologies, when the Jerusalem Wall is restored at the end of the Babylonian Exile.
Who wrote the book? Jewish tradition identifies Nehemiah himself as the primary author of this historical book. Much of the book is written from his first-person perspective. Nothing is known about his youth or background; we meet him as an adult serving in the Persian royal court as the personal cupbearer to King Artaxerxes Nehemiah 1: Though he remained in Persia after the exiles had been allowed to go home, he was highly interested in the state of affairs in Judah his brother Hanani [1: The book of Nehemiah could be read as a sequel to the book of Ezra, and some scholars believe the two were originally one work.
We might also expect someone to have identified Jeshua with Ezra. It is clear that the respective editors of Ezra-Nehemiah and of 1 Esdras are not always in complete agreement and have not presented entirely coherent accounts by modern standards. Probably the references to Ezra in the lists of Neh. The crediting of both Sheshbazzer and Zerubbabel-Jeshua for beginning to rebuild the temple is an obvious problem as is Artaxerxes’ support of the opponents in a period between Cyrus and Darius.
Arrival of Ezra and Nehemiah in Jerusalem. Things in the Persian Empire began to change around B.C. Artaxerxes I needed to strengthen his position against Egypt, thus stability in Palestine was important to him. Alternative Dating: Nehemiah Preceded Ezra, Ezra .
The treatment of Ezra-Nehemiah as a single book by the earliest editors was undoubtedly due to the fact that in ancient times the two books were put under the one name, Ezra. The combined work Ezra-Nehemiah is our most important literary source for the formation of the Jewish religious community in the province of Judah after the Babylonian exile. This is known as the period of the Restoration, and the two men most responsible for the reorganization of Jewish life at this time were Ezra and Nehemiah.
In the present state of the Ezra-Nehemiah text, there are several dislocations of large sections so that the chronological or logical sequence is disrupted. The author combined this material with other sources at his disposal. The personality of Ezra is not so well-known as that of Nehemiah. Ben Sira, in his praise of the fathers Sir 44 — 49 , omits mention of Ezra, perhaps for polemical reasons.
The genealogy of Ezra 7: He is also called a scribe, well-versed in the law of Moses 7: It was in religious and cultic reform rather than in political affairs that Ezra made his mark as a postexilic leader. Jewish tradition holds him in great esteem.
The Queen & the Cupbearer: Connections between Esther & Nehemiah
It should be noted that in the narrative of the Book of Ruth there are several points which are not quite clear. In certain parts, as i. This seems to presuppose the extension to wives of the law concerning the inheritance of daughters Num. Again, from the general course of the narrative one receives the impression that Boaz is the Go’el ; but in iv. Nowack,"Handkommentar zum Alten Testament,” p.
Chapters 7–10 of the book of Ezra, along with Nehemiah 8–9, which were misplaced, deal with Ezra the scribe. There is a gap of about sixty years between the events of the book of Zerubbabel and those of the Ezra .
Book of Jude Brad Anderson: Like us, Jude lived in an age which preferred toleration to truth, and regarded all religions as equally valid aspects of the quest for a supreme being. He calls upon his readers to reject the false teachers and to stand up for the true faith. Christian music is a very controversial issue within many churches today. Churches have split because of disagreements over the style of music the church uses or does not use. Focus is made on Church music and Personal music.
This study will examine several significant actions Christians are to take toward one another to help build up the local church. As the individual members of the church implement these responsibilities, the church itself will become stronger. This series of lessons is designed to help members of a local church to recognize their responsibilities to one another and to strengthen the unity and ministry of the church as members implement these principles.
Word Contending for the Faith Brad Anderson: The purpose of this series of lessons is to warn students about current theological trends that are a significant threat to biblical, historical, conservative Christianity. While a study on cults exposes external threats, this series focuses on internal threats posed by elements within evangelicalism.
Dating the Bible
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of the chronology involved in dating the missions of Ezra and Nehemiah, there are very significant gaps in the coverage of the postmonarchic pe-riod (Knoppers ). For an argument that the temple itself was not rebuilt until the time of Artaxerxes II, see Edelman 3.
Yehudis The story of Ezra the Scribe takes us back about 23 centuries, to the time when the Jews had returned from the Babylonian exile, had rebuilt the Beth Hamikdosh, and had begun to live a free life on their own native soil. In the year , the construction of the Second Beth Hamikdosh in Jerusalem was under way. Jerusalem again became the center of Jewish life. But the era of the prophets was about to end. Hagai, Zechariah and Malachi were the last of the prophets.
There were no more prophets after them, though there never ceased to appear men of wisdom and vision in Israel who were leaders and sages, and inspired their brethren with the spirit of the Torah and of the prophets. One of the first of these great men who followed on the very heels of the last prophets was Ezra the Scribe. He was born in Babylon, like many of the other great leaders, patriots and sages which the Jewish community in exile had produced.
Ezra the Scribe
The Hebrew title is hymjn-arzu Ezra-Nehemiah 1 1. The Hebrew placement of the books is among the Writings just before Chronicles 4 and after Daniel: The Hebrew Scriptures were probably originally canonized into a two-fold division: By around the second century B.
Ezra and Nehemiah longed to see their city restored with God’s presence, and each one pursued that goal in his own God-given way. Ezra the scholar restored Israel’s worship. Nehemiah the architect resurrected Jerusalem’s walls.
Such recasting of history is sometimes called revisionist history. It makes obvious use of preexisting written sources. As would any good historian, the Chronicler cited sources though certainly not all of them. Some scholars date the composition of the CH to the time of Ezra in the fifth century BCE, others to the fourth century, and still others place it in the Hellenistic period of the third century.
The Chronicler focused on the Judean monarchy and the Jerusalem religious establishment. The northern kingdom of Israel is mentioned rarely and then only in passing. The Chronicler idealized the reigns of Solomon, Hezekiah, and especially David. The latter became the model of the good and pious monarch. But to do this effectively, the historian had to leave out certain stories from the DH that put David in a bad light, such as his affair with Bathsheba.
The CH presents David as a king who ruled obediently and established religious service as it was meant to be, with the temple, its priesthood, singers, prayers, rituals, and offerings. He traced the establishment of important priestly and Levitical institutions back to David although other historical evidence suggests this is unlikely.
The Blessing of the Silver Scrolls
The third period encompasses 12 years from the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I until his 32nd year , and deals with the work of Nehemiah, who had held an important office termed a"cupbearer” in the royal household of the Persian king Artaxerxes I — The work of Nehemiah described in the form of a first-person memoir includes his rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and his economic and religious reforms. In particular, this period deals with 1 Nehemiah’s response to the news from Jerusalem; 2 Nehemiah’s efforts at reconstructing and fortifying Jerusalem; 3 intrigues against Nehemiah; 4 the dedication of the wall; 5 Nehemiah’s resolution of economic problems; 6 Nehemiah’s religious reforms.
Nehemiah’s Response to News from Jerusalem 1: The walls of Jerusalem were in a precarious state and repairs could not be undertaken since they were specifically forbidden by an earlier decree of the same Artaxerxes Ezra 4:
Ezra and Nehemiah Ezra focuses on the rebuilding of the temple, while Nehemiah focuses on the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. It is fair to say that Ezra is focused more exclusively on religious reform and Nehemiah on political issues.
Terminology[ edit ] The three-part division reflected in the acronym “Tanakh” is well attested in the literature of the Rabbinic period. Mikra continues to be used in Hebrew to this day, alongside Tanakh, to refer to the Hebrew scriptures. In modern spoken Hebrew , they are interchangeable. Development of the Hebrew Bible canon There is no scholarly consensus as to when the Hebrew Bible canon was fixed: Whoever brings together in his house more than twenty four books brings confusion.
During the early Middle Ages scholars known as the Masoretes created a single formalized system of vocalization. This was chiefly done by Aaron ben Moses ben Asher , in the Tiberias school, based on the oral tradition for reading the Tanakh, hence the name Tiberian vocalization. It also included some innovations of Ben Naftali and the Babylonian exiles. Books of the Tanakh[ ed[ edit ]plete set of scrolls, constituting the entire Tanakh.
The Tanakh consists of twenty-four books: In Hebrew, the books are often referred to by their prominent first word s.