My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Saturday, December 31, 2005

Ezra 7

Ezra

Summary:
A priest in Aaron's line - Ezra - came up from Babylon to Jerusalem in Darius' seventh year.

King Artaxerxes sent Ezra a letter basically giving Jew free reign to return to Jerusalem, and giving Ezra unlimited resources. He could not impose taxes though. He had to teach the Jews the way of the law.

Key verse:
23. Whatever the God of heaven has prescribed, let it be done with diligence for the temple of the God of heaven. Why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and of his sons?

My thoughts:
We are finally introduced to Ezra, the namesake of this book. He is a priest and great teacher for Israel.

Right at the very end of this chapter we have a dramatic shift in this narrative. It starts being in first-person from Ezra point of view. It is then possible that Ezra did, in fact, write these parts of the book. This would then be the first book in the Bible actually written by it's namesake, with the possible exception of the books of Moses.

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