Ezra & Nehemiah

Ezra & Nehemiah - o Mixed marriages; proposed a drastic...

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Ezra Ezra must have achieved a place of respect in the Persian empire o King allowed him to return to Jerusalem o King provided financial resources for Ezra’s mission o Ezra was charged to make law of YHWH the law of Judah Perhaps most influential figure in postexilic community; often referred to as the “father of Judaism” Ezra’s Return Ezra returned in the 7 th year of Artaxerxes, king of Persia. The question is, which Artaxerxes? I 465-424 II 404-358 III 358-338 Ezra’s Contribution Focused on two issues with regard to religious reform
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Unformatted text preview: o Mixed marriages; proposed a drastic & harsh solution: dissolution of marriages o Covenant renewal; faithfulness to YHWH was to be demonstrated by faithfulness to the law Nehemiah Devout layman who rose to a position of influence in the Persian government- cupbearer to king of Persia Wanted to return & rebuild wall of Jerusalem Granted permission to return to Jerusalem & rebuild wall in 20 th year of Artaxerxes I, 445 BCE o Opposition from Sanballet of Samaria, Tobiah the Ammonite & Geshem the Arab o Economic hardship o Wall finished in 52 days & dedicated Served two terms as governor of Judah/Jerusalem...
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