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10.31 hb - 10.31.2007 The Return from Exile Ezra and...

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10.31.2007 The Return from Exile: Ezra and Nehemiah I. Overview of Ezra-Nehemiah A. Contents 1. Return from Exile (Ezra 1-2) 2. Rebuilding of the Temple (Ezra 3-6) 3. Recommitment to the Law (Ezra 7-10; Neh. 8-9) 4. Reconstruction of the Walls (Neh. 1-7; 10-13) B. Sources 1. Decree by Cyrus to return 2. Memoir by Ezra written in the first person 3. Nehemiah memoir C. Dates 1. Return from exile: 539 BCE 2. Rededication of the Temple: 515 BCE 3. Covenant Renewal under Ezra: 458 BCE 4. Rebuilding of walls: after 445 BCE D. Historical Background: Important Persian Kings 1. Cyrus (559-530 BCE) 2. Darius (522-486 BCE) 3. Artaxerses I (465-424 BCE) E. Basic Outlook: homecoming was not sweet; deals with the hardships of return, oppression from others, opposition in people, faithlessness II. Return from Exile (Ezra 1-2) A. Edict of Cyrus 1. May have been written by Cyrus 2. Cyrus cylinder
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3. Cyrus was open to others’ religious beliefs; he used them to restore order B. Shesh Bazaar 1. Prince of the People
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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