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Few books oner such a variety of interest or embrace material of such deep significance as Ezra and Nehemiah do. The teaching of these books is of especial value in reference to the faithfulness of the divine promise, the discipline of disappointment, the hallowing of common life, and the preparation for the messianic age.

INTRODUCTION. § 1. Ezra and Nehemiah; originally one work. EZRA and Nehemiah are not, as the English reader is apt to suppose, two distinct books, but the two portions into which a single work has been divided. It has been due to what might almost be called a literary accident that the two portions are not even now known as the First and Second Books of Ezra. If the use of that ancient appellation had been retained in the English Bible, the relation between the two portions of the work would more generally have been seen to be the same as that which subsists between the two Books of Samuel, between the two Books of Kings, and between the two Books of Chron-icles. The original unity of the two books appears indeed from a close examination of their contents and structure; and to this it will be necessary to refer later on. But, apart from the in-ternal evidence, the testimony of antiquity is practically con-clusive upon the subject. For it leaves us in no sort of doubt that, in the Hebrew Canon of Scripture, our books of Ezra and Nehemiah ranked from the first as one book bearing the title of Ezra. ( a) When Josephus speaks of the Jewish Scriptures as twen-ty- two books in all, and as containing the Pentateuch, thirteen historical books, and four books of poetry and moral maxims,   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PagePrefaceContentsI. INTRODUCTION§ 1. Ezra and Nehemiah: originally one work§ 2. Name§ 3. Contents§ 4. Structure§ 5. Date and Authorship: Relation to the Books of Chronicles§ 6. Outline of History§ 7. Antiquities§ 8. Aramaic Dialect and Hebrew Characters§ 9. Place in the Canon§ l0. Relation to other literature§ l l. Importance of Ezra and Nehemiah§ l2. BibliographyCHRONOLOGYI I. TE XT AND NOTESEZRAPART I. THE RETURN UNDER ZERUBBABELCh. I. The Decree of CyrusCh. II. The Register of the ReturnCh. III. The Dedication of the AltarCh. IV. The Rejection of the SamaritansCh. V. The Voice of the ProphetsCh. VI. The Reply of King DariusPART II. THE RETURN UNDER EZRACh. VII. A brief summary: Ezra's genealogyCh. VIII. The list of those that went up with Ezra to Jerusalem.Ch. IX. The people's sin.Ch. X. The acknowledgment of guilt and the people's covenant.THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAHPART I. NEHEMIAH'S FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM. THE REBUILDING OF THE WALLSCh. I. The Evil TidingsCh. II. The Royal Commission to NehemiahCh. III. The Distribution of the WorkCh. IV. The Opposition from withoutCh. V. The Difficulties in the CityCh. VI. The Final Intrigues; and Completion of the WallsCh. VII. The Protection of the CityPART II. RELIGIOUS REFORMCh. VIII. The Public Reading of the LawCh. IX. The National Confession, preliminary to the CovenantCh. X. The Sealing of the CovenantPART III. MISCELLANEOUSCh. XI. ListsCh. XII. Dedication of the City WallsCh. XIII. Relations with HeathenPART IV. NEHEMIAH'S SECOND VISITCh. XIII. His Vindication of the Sanctity of the TempleINDEXMAPSWestern AsiaJerusalemEnvirons of Jerusalem
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