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Journey through the Book of Ezra and Nehemiah - with insightful commentary and a special focus on the Land of Israel. Includes the full, original Hebrew text with a clear English translation. Selected verses are transliterated from Hebrew into English to help you learn, read and understand Hebrew!
Also included are high-quality color images and maps highlighting important archaeological finds and critical geographical information about the Land of Israel and beyond. Charts and timelines will help you simply and easily understand the timing of events and all the people mentioned throughout the book.
Though comprised of two smaller books, the Book of Ezra and Nehemiah were joined together as they both discuss the birth of the Second Temple period. While some of the recorded events occur in the Persian Empire, the book's focus is the return of the Jewish exiles to the Land of Israel.
The primary events involve Ezra, “a scribe expert in the Teaching of Moses” (Ezra 7:6), who brings a second wave of returnees to the land of Israel. Nechemya follows thirteen years later.
Ezra focuses on combating assimilation, promoting Jewish education, and reestablishing a proper Torah-based justice system. Nechemya concentrates on physically reestablishing Jewish communities and reconstructing the fortifications of Jerusalem. Both aspects were essential for the survival of the nation.
All twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible relate to the Land of Israel, but this is the only one that’s dedicated to the rejuvenation of the Land and its people, and the observance of the Bible’s laws.
Our generation has merited seeing these words come to life before our eyes. From this book, we can learn and benefit from the successes and failures, core messages, and divinely inspired wisdom that relates to the Jewish people’s first attempt at resettling the Land of Israel, in the days of Ezra and Nechemya.