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Unformatted text preview: The Return from Exile: Ezra and Nehemiah I. Overview of Ezra-Nehemiah a. Contents i. Return from Exile (Ezra 1-2) ii. Rebuilding of the Temple (Ezra 3-6) 1. Cyrus allowed for its rebuilding ~25 yrs. iii. Recommitment to the Law (Ezra 7-10; Neh.8-9) 1. Enforces law of Moses to the people iv. Reconstruction of the Walls (Neh. 1-7; 10-13) 1. Nehemiah was cupbearer for King Cyrus 2. Allowed to return and oversee construction b. Sources i. Written by King Cyrus? Cyrus Decree ii. 2 important sources: 1. Memoir by Ezra written in first person (rare) 2. Nehemiah memoir (first person) c. Dates i. Return from exile: 539 BCE ii. Rededication of Temple: 515 BCE 1. People more concerned about Temple than rebuilding city iii. Covenant Renewal under Ezra: 458 BCE iv. Rebuilding of walls: after 445 BCE d. Historical Background i. Important Persian Kings 1. Cyrus (559-530 BCE) 2. Darius (522-486 BCE) 3. Artaxerses I (465-424 BCE) e. Basic Outlook i. Books dealt with the: 1. Hardships people had to face upon return 2. Oppression by neighboring peoples 3. Opposition by outsiders and among themselves 4. Faithlessness to the covenant II. Return from Exile (Ezra 1-2) a. Edict from Cyrus 1:1...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07