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The Pulpit Commentary (Classic Reprint)

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  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:550
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):2
  • Dimensions (in):9 x 6 x 1.2
  • Publication Date:August 22, 2012
  • ASIN:B0099LEA6Q

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Subject of theB ook. The Book of Ezra ia a work of so simple a character as acarcely to require an I ntroduction. It is a plain and straightforward account of one of the most important events in Jewish history the return of the people of God from theB ahylonian captivity. This return had two stages. It commenced under Zeruhbahel, the lineal descendant of the kings of Judah, in the first year of Cyrus the Great in Babylon, which was b.o. 538 ;and it was continued, and in a certain sense completed, under Ezra, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes Longimanus, which was B.o. 458. The Book contains an account of both these periods, and is thus, primarily, divisible into two portions the history of the first, and the history of the second return. The former occupies the first six, the latter the last four chapters. A close harmony may be observed between the two narratives. The origin of the movement in either case is traced up to a sentiment of goodwill in the mind of the reigning Persian monarch; the sentiment gives birth to a decree, which is recited at length.; then a commission to conduct the captives back to their own land issues; the number of those who returned, and the names of the leading men, are given ;the exact weight of the sacred vessels which the exiles brought back on each occasion is put on record, and the exact number and character of the offerings which they severally made to the God of Israel The history is also carried on in either case to the main result which followed the return. And here again there is a parallelism. On the first occasion the zeal of the exiles raised up with difficulty, and after much opposition, the material church of God the temple which the Chaldaeans had destroyed; on the second, they raised up and restored to its pristine glory the spiritual Church, or congregation of the people of I srael, which had sunk into a low and
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