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Summary of Ezra

Date: 4th Century B.C.E.

Description: Ezra-Nehemiah, which begins where Chronicles ends, is written as a continuation of Chronicles. It contains historical traditions, records significant liturgical developments in the newly reconstituted Second Temple community, and preserves important geneaolgical lists of returnees, priests, Levites, and other leadership and Temple personnel. In present­ing this material concerning the early postexilic period, Ezra-Nehemiah emphasizes re­peatedly their continuity with the Israelite preexilic past. Ezra explicitly appropriates Mosaic authority as he is represented as regiving the Torah in a kind of repetition of the Sinai event.

Brettler, Marc Zvi The Jewish Study Bible, The Jewish Publication Society, 1999


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