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Ezra

Author — Ezra
Time — 538 – 458 B.C.

Summary – In general, Ezra covers the events of the Jews returning from the Babylonian captivity. The decline of Babylon and its eventual overthrow by the Persians enable the Jews to return to Jerusalem. The Jews are numbered and are allowed to return to Judah to rebuild the Temple. Samaritan assistance is rejected and their opposition is a contributing factor to the slow progress of the Temple construction. Despite the delays, the Temple is completed and dedicated to God during this period.

The exiles return from Babylon Chapters 1 v 1 to 2 v 70
Passage
Subject

1 v 1 to 4

The Decree of Cyrus

1 v 5 to 11

Preparations for the journey

2 v 1 to 70

Those who returned

Temple building begins - Chapter 3 v 1 to 4 v 24
Passage
Subject

3 v 1 to 13

The altar and the foundation

4 v 1 to 24

Opposition to the work

The building completed - Chapter 5 v 1 to 6 to 22
Passage
Subject

5 v 1 to 5

Work resumed

5 v 6 to 17

Tattenai's letter to Darius

6 v 1 to 12

Decrees of Cyrus and Darius

6 v 13 to 22

The Temple finished

Ezra’s journey to Jerusalem - Chapter 7 v 1 to 8 v 36
Passage
Subject

7 v 1 to 10

Ezra introduced

7 v 11 to 28

Letter of Artaxerxes to Ezra

8 v 1 to 36

The journey to Jerusalem

The great reformation - Chapter 9 v 1 to 10 v 44
Passage
Subject
9 v 1 to 15 The tragic report and Ezra’s prayer
10 v 1 to 17 The abandonment of mixed marriages
10 v 18 to 44 List of those with foreign wives

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