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Ezra overview for tomorrow

Ezra - Complete Bible Book Chapters and Summary - New International Version

If you have a Bible near you, look at where Ezra is placed in the Bible.  It is with the Chronicles. Well, it is there because it is with the History books.  Also,  because Ezra was the writer of the Chronicles and Nehemiah.  I point this out because if anyone ever says “I tried reading the Bible, it was confusing”,  suggest to them a chronological schedule.  Going from Chronicles to Ezra would confuse anyone!

Ezra and Nehemiah were one book in the Hebrew Bible.  They give and account for one of the most important events in history…the return from exile (captivity).  An important chapter to reread would be Jeremiah 29 (my favorite!)

This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

We all read Exodus, this is the second Exodus.  Time to exit Babylon instead of Egypt.   Ezra was a priest, the great grandson of the priest who found the lost scrolls in the deserted temple that brought them to King Josiah that began a revival (Jeremiah’s dad)!  He is a scribe (a historian), and learned under Baruch (Jeremiah’s scribe)  


01 January 4, 2015, EZRA, God Commands Obedience

However, most of the events recorded took place in 537-516 B.C. (chapters 1—6) and 458 B.C. (chapters 7—10) Between these two separate series of events the Book of Ezra records nothing. The events in the Book of Esther transpired during those years (in 482-473 B.C.). The books of Ezra and then Nehemiah record the last events, chronologically, in the Old Testament.

PPT - EZRA PowerPoint Presentation, free download - ID:162965

So if you click here for the reading checklist…it will make sense.


4 thoughts on “Ezra overview for tomorrow

  1. 2 thoughts today-
    1-why would Ezra and Nehemiah be one book when they were written by 2 different people?
    2- I just realized Nehemiah was probably born in Babylon or in Persia …he never knew of Jerusalem except what he was told, yet still had a great desire to help rebuild it!..who told him about it?!?..


  2. 1. I have no idea! Great question. Let me see what I can research.
    2. The captives and because there wasn’t a Temple they created Synagogues. They couldn’t worship there but they would study the scriptures.


  3. OK, I didn’t find out much so that means it was really a good question. So evidently, in the Talmud, what we call the Old Testament (the Jewish people don’t have a NT), it was considered 1 book in 2 parts. My Bible has 39 OT books and 27 NT books. (Some Bibles actually vary according to some other denominations…I have one in my house that has the Apocrypha books in it. A friend of mine had it as “her bible” and I took it from her and gave her one with 66 books in! Ain’t nobody reading that in my house!) – Ok, back to the questions….So when a chronicler, or an editor, or a scribe was handling these book, the saw they both had a narrative of the first group of people returning. Both books had the same style of memoirs but from 2 different view points. So they are 1 book….and yet 2 books. So all that to say…I have no idea. It would make sense why the Jewish Bible would have them as 1 since they don’t look back and see how Jesus fulfilled the messianic prophecies but we do, so we separate the? Sorry…not much help.


    1. Thanks for all the info..and I don’t blame you for taking her book! does make sense with looking at it from the way the Jewish people would looked at it. I really wish I would have had a Bible when I was young that was in chronological order, I think I would have read it more-it would have made more sense to me!. Thanks again.


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