By Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos
According to this famous writer, contemporary readers locate a lot that's popular in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, together with the message of God's faithfulness within the face of prejudice, sexism, and patriarchy.
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Extra resources for Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (Westminster Bible Companion)
Five times in ten verses the house of God in Jerusalem is mentioned in some way. This house is among the most severe losses that the community sustained during the Babylonian conquest. At the time that I write these words, there has been a series of church burnings in the southern United States. To date, more than seventy churches, especially of African-American communities, have been destroyed by fire. As modern believers, we understand that God does not live in a church or in any particular place.
Second, the Persian overlord is visible in the story through his appointees. The cast of characters, then, includes at least four and perhaps five kings: Cyrus (550530); Darius (522486); Ahasuerus = Xerxes (486465); Artaxerxes (465424); and possibly Artaxerxes II (404358). The kings are presented through the letters they write, all of which are decrees. Through their documents it appears that Cyrus was by far the most generous and benevolent. One of the Artaxerxes characters was the most fearful and pre- Page 13 sented therefore the greatest hindrance to the restoration projects.
The law of Moses, the Torah, will at every point be the touchstone for the life of the community and for the manner in which they conduct the worship. The continuity of the community in Judah with the past is guaranteed to a great degree by its adherence to the written law. Yet the law was not one thing. " But for now, things seem off to a good start, so that the rhythm of daily sacrifice and special festivals can be reestablished (Ezra 3:47). The first celebration is the festival of booths, a feast with agricultural roots that mainly celebrated the deliverance from captivity in Egypt.
Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (Westminster Bible Companion) by Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos