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Nehemiah

Author – Nehemiah
Time — 445 – 460 B.C.

Summary – The book of Nehemiah begins with Nehemiah returning from Babylon as Governor of Jerusalem appointed by Artaxerxes king of Persia. He plans and oversees the rebuilding of the city walls despite the discouraging opposition and disunity within the Jewish population. The wall is completed and more exiles are returned and registered as Jewish citizens. Nehemiah’s dedication to God drives him to make several religious reforms. A public reading of the Law and arrangements for worship are among these reformations.

Nehemiah’s arrival in Jerusalem – Chapter 1 v 1 to 2 v 20
Passage
Subject
1 v 1 to 11 Tragic news from Jerusalem, and Nehemiah’s prayer
2 v 1 to 8 The granting of Nehemiah’s request
2 v 9 to 20 Nehemiah’s survey of the walls, and his report

The building of the wall – Chapter 3 v 1 to 7 v 4
Passage
Subject
3 v 1 to 32 The workmen and their tasks
4 v 1 to 23 The opposition of enemies
5 v 1 to 19 Reformations of Nehemiah as Governor
6 v 1 to 7 v 4 The wall finished despite intrigues

Civil and religious reformations in Jerusalem – Chapter 7 v 5 to 10 v 39
Passage
Subject
7 v 5 to 73 List of Jews who returned with Zerubbabel
8 v 1 to 18 The reading and observance of God’s Law
9 v 1 to 10 v 39 A public confession and covenant

Lists of inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem – Chapter 11 v 1 to 12 v 26

Dedication of walls and organisation of Temple service – Chapter 12 v 27 to 47

Nehemiah’s final reformations – Chapter 13 v 1 to 31

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