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(help), called [508]Esdras in the Apocrypha, the famous scribe and priest. He was a learned and pious priest residing at Babylon in the time of Artaxerxes Longimanus. The origin of his influence with the king does not appear, but in the seventh year of his reign he obtained leave to go to Jerusalem, and to […]

is a continuation of the books of Chronicles. The period covered by the book is eighty years, from the first of Cyrus, B.C. 536, to the beginning of the eighth of Artaxerxes, B.C. 456. It consist of the contemporary historical journals kept from time to time, containing, chs. 1-12, and account of the return of […]

-1. A famous scribe and priest Ezr 7:1-5,6,10,21; Ne 12:36 .Appoints a fast Ezr 8:21 .Commissioned by Artaxerxes, returns to Jerusalem with a large group of Jews Ezr 7:8 .His charge to the priests Ezr 8:29 .Exhorts people to put away their heathen wives Ezr 9; 10:1-17 .Reads the law Ne 8 .Reforms corruptions Ezr […]

Help. (1.) A priest among those that returned to Jerusalem under Zerubabel (Neh. 12:1). (2.) The “scribe” who led the second body of exiles that returned from Babylon to Jerusalem B.C. 459, and author of the book of Scripture which bears his name. He was the son, or perhaps grandson, of Seraiah (2 Kings 25:18-21), […]

This book is the record of events occurring at the close of the Babylonian exile. It was at one time included in Nehemiah, the Jews regarding them as one volume. The two are still distinguished in the Vulgate version as I. and II. Esdras. It consists of two principal divisions: (1.) The history of the […]