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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book Of Ezra

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
  1. Introduction
    1. The book tells of the return of the Jewish people from Babylonian captivity
    2. Ezra was the author and compiler of the book
      1. Ezra was a priest and scribe
      2. A descendant of Aaron through Eleazar
      3. Ezra had extensive knowledge of the Jewish sacred books
    3. The book may be divided into two parts
      1. The restoration under Zerubbabel (Chapters 1 to 6)
      2. The work of Ezra (Chapters 7 to 10)
  2. Return and restoration under Zerubabel
    1. Proclamation of Cyrus (1:1-4)
    2. Provision for return of some of the Jews (1:5-6)
    3. The sacred vessels restored to Israel (1:7-11)
    4. Census of the people who returned (2:1-70)
      1. Zerubbabel lead the company of about 50,000 people
      2. The journey of about 700 miles took many months
      3. Description of the caravan (2:64-67)
      4. Gifts of returning people (2:68-70)
    5. Rebuilding of the temple (3:1 to 6:22)
      1. The building of the altar (3:1-3)
      2. Keeping the feast of tabernacles (3:4)
      3. Revived daily sacrifices (3:5-6)
      4. Other contributions toward the building of the temple (3:7)
      5. Foundations of the temple were laid (3:8-13)
        1. There was shouting and weeping (3:12)
        2. Joy heard afar off (3:13)
      6. Opposed by the Samaritans (4:1-24)
        1. Samaritan’s offer to help in the building refused (4:1-6)
        2. Samaritans send a letter to Artaxerxes (4:7-16)
        3. The decree of Artaxeerxes (4:17-22)
        4. Construction of the temple is stopped (4:23-24)
      7. Work resumed (5:1-17)
        1. Encouraged to continue the work by Haggai and Zechariah (5:1-2)
        2. Another letter written to try to stop the work (5:3-17)
      8. Temple completed and dedicated (6:1-22)
        1. Decree of Darius to continue the building (6:1-12)
        2. Temple finished (6:13-15)
        3. Dedication of the temple and revival of worship (6:16-22)
  3. Second Return Under Ezra (7:1 to 8:36)
    1. The decree of Artaxerxes (7:1-28)
      1. Ezra a descendent of Aaron through Eleazar (7:1-5)
      2. Ezra leads a delegation from Babylon to Jerusalem (7:6-10)
        1. Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law (7:10)
        2. Ezra determined to teach the law to the people (7:10)
      3. Artaxerxes’ letter (7:11-26)
      4. Ezra blesses God 7:27-28)
    2. List of returning Jews (8:1-14)
    3. Preparation for teaching and worship (8:15-23)
      1. Ezra sends to Iddo for priests, Levites, and Nethinim (8:15-20)
      2. Fasting and prayer in preparation for the journey (8:21-23)
      3. Twelve appointed to carry the wealth entrusted to them (8:24-30)
      4. They come to Jerusalem and the money is surrendered (8:31-35)
      5. Commission of Artaxerexes given to the governors and satraps (8:36)
    4. Restoration of the people (9:1 to 10:44)
      1. Leaders and the people intermarried with foreigners and turned to the abominations of idolatry (9:1-4)
        1. Ezra astonied (9:3)
        2. Ezra tore his garments and pulled out his hair (9:3)
        3. Gathered those who respected God and trembled at his law (9:4)
      2. Ezra’s prayer of confession (9:5-15)
      3. Shechaniah consoles Ezra and proposes putting away the foreign wives (10:1-8)
      4. Israelites put away their foreign wives who would not follow God and keep his law, but clung to their idols (10:9-44)

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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