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Ezra

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The Book of Ezra


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The Book of Ezra summary

Purpose of The Book of Ezra:
To defend the legitimacy of the Ezra-Nehemiah program of renewal (Ezra rebuilds temple and Nehemiah rebuilds city walls) and the need to continue it. To direct God’s people to re-establish their identity in God and give them the wisdom to nurture and protect that identity.

Major Characters of The Book of Ezra:
Ezra, Nehemiah, Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Haggai, Zechariah, Darius, and Sanballat.

Summary of The Book of Ezra:
This book offers dynamic accounts of the victories and struggles of God’s People as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Its content primarily describes the rebuilding and reform in postexilic Judah during the latter half o the fifth century B.C. Ezra returns to the land to lead the community in establishing the most significant priority known to humanity, that is, the worship of God. Despite opposition in the form of intimidation and seduction, the community is successful in locking in on their relationship with God through building the temple and studying God’s word.

Nehemiah follows Ezra with a building project in mind – namely rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. This wall would distinguish God’s people from the surrounding groups, but was not intended to separate them from the world entirely. Engaging in the world around them, God’s people would maintain their identity by nurturing their faith within community and wisely interacting with their surroundings.

Author and Dates of The Book of Ezra:
The book was likely written in the 4th century B.C. after Nehemiah’s ministry serving as a guide to future generations.

Outline of The Book of Ezra:

  1. Vision caste for a New Identity (1).
  2. Community Builds a New Identity (Ezra 2-Nehemiah 7).
    • Struggle and success for Zerubbabel (Ezra 2-6).
    • Struggle and success for Ezra (Ezra 7-10).
    • Struggle and success for Nehemiah (Neh 1-7).
  3. Celebration of Identity: Successes (Neh 7-12).
  4. Continuing struggle for restoration (Neh 13).

Themes of The Book of Ezra:
Identity.
Community.
Opposition.
Prayer.



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