Ezra, The Book of

Ezra, The Book of

An OT book that relates the restoration of the Jewish community after the exile, with emphasis on the role of the priest and scribe Ezra, who accompanied the returnees with authority from the Persian rulers to govern them. The book continues the account of Israel’s history found in 1 and 2 Chronicles and is also closely related to the book of Nehemiah, which follows it.

Outline of Contents

Ezra

I. Restoration of the community (Ezra 1:1-6:22)

A. Decree authorizing rebuilding (Ezra 1:1-11)

B. List of returnees (Ezra 2:1-70)

C. Restoration (Ezra 3:1-13)

1. Altar (Ezra 3:1-7)

2. Temple (Ezra 3:8-13)

D. Opposition to restoration (Ezra 4:1-24)

E. Restoration completed (Ezra 5:1-6:22)

1. Temple completed (Ezra 5:1-6:18)

a. Work begun (Ezra 5:1-2)

b. Official reports (Ezra 5:3-6:12)

c. Work completed (Ezra 6:13-18)

2. Completion celebrated (Ezra 6:19-22)

II. Ezra’s mission (Ezra 7:1-10:44)

A. Ezra introduced (Ezra 7:1-10)

B. Ezra’s commission (Ezra 7:11-26)

C. Ezra’s departure (Ezra 8:1-36)

1. Preparations (Ezra 8:1-30)

2. Departure (Ezra 8:31-36)

D. The purity of God’s people (Ezra 9:1-10:44)

1. Mixed marriages: problem (Ezra 9:1-2)

2. Mixed marriages: reaction (Ezra 9:3-10:6)

3. Mixed marriages: action (Ezra 10:7-19)

4. Mixed marriages: result (Ezra 10:20-44)

Ezra 1:1-6:22

End of the Babylonian Captivity
1In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, t ... View more

Ezra 1:1-11

End of the Babylonian Captivity
1In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, t ... View more

Ezra 2:1-70

List of the Returned Exiles
1Now these were the people of the province who came from those captive exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried captiv ... View more

Ezra 3:1-13

Worship Restored at Jerusalem
1When the seventh month came, and the Israelites were in the towns, the people gathered together in Jerusalem.2Then Jeshua son of ... View more

Ezra 3:1-7

Worship Restored at Jerusalem
1When the seventh month came, and the Israelites were in the towns, the people gathered together in Jerusalem.2Then Jeshua son of ... View more

Ezra 3:8-13

Foundation Laid for the Temple
8In the second year after their arrival at the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Je ... View more

Ezra 4:1-24

Resistance to Rebuilding the Temple
1When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Is ... View more

Ezra 5:1-6:22

Restoration of the Temple Resumed
1Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of th ... View more

Ezra 5:1-6:18

Restoration of the Temple Resumed
1Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of th ... View more

Ezra 5:1-2

Restoration of the Temple Resumed
1Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of th ... View more

Ezra 5:3-6:12

3At the same time Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus, “Who gave ... View more

Ezra 6:13-18

Completion and Dedication of the Temple
13Then, according to the word sent by King Darius, Tattenai, the governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-boze ... View more

Ezra 6:19-22

The Passover Celebrated
19On the fourteenth day of the first month the returned exiles kept the passover.20For both the priests and the Levites had purified the ... View more

Ezra 7:1-10:44

The Coming and Work of Ezra
1After this, in the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,2son of Shallum, son of ... View more

Ezra 7:1-10

The Coming and Work of Ezra
1After this, in the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,2son of Shallum, son of ... View more

Ezra 7:11-26

The Letter of Artaxerxes to Ezra
11This is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to the priest Ezra, the scribe, a scholar of the text of the commandme ... View more

Ezra 8:1-36

Heads of Families Who Returned with Ezra
1These are their family heads, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylonia, in the reign of K ... View more

Ezra 8:1-30

Heads of Families Who Returned with Ezra
1These are their family heads, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylonia, in the reign of K ... View more

Ezra 8:31-36

The Return to Jerusalem
31Then we left the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem; the hand of our God was upon us, and he delive ... View more

Ezra 9:1-10:44

Denunciation of Mixed Marriages
1After these things had been done, the officials approached me and said, “The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites hav ... View more

Ezra 9:1-2

Denunciation of Mixed Marriages
1After these things had been done, the officials approached me and said, “The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites hav ... View more

Ezra 9:3-10:6

3When I heard this, I tore my garment and my mantle, and pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat appalled.4Then all who trembled at the words of the God of ... View more

Ezra 10:7-19

7They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the returned exiles that they should assemble at Jerusalem,8and that if any did not come within ... View more

Ezra 10:20-44

20Of the descendants of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah.21Of the descendants of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah.22Of the descendants of Pashhur ... View more

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