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Introduction

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Exposition

I. THE FIRST RETURN UNDER SHESHBAZZAR chs. 16

A. The Return from Babylon chs. 12

1. The edict of Cyrus and its consequences ch. 1

Cyrus' edict 1:1-4

The people's response 1:5-6

Preparations for the return 1:7-11

2. The exiles who returned ch. 2

The leaders 2:1-2a

The general population 2:2b-35

The priests 2:36-39

The Levites 2:40-42

The temple servants 2:43-54

The descendants of Solomon's servants 2:55-58

Israelites of doubtful origin 2:59-60

Priests of doubtful origin 2:61-63

The totals 2:64-67

Arrival in Jerusalem 2:68-70

B. The Rebuilding of the Temple chs. 36

1. The beginning of construction ch. 3

The erection of the altar 3:1-6

The reconstruction of the temple foundation 3:7-9

The completion of the temple foundation 3:10-13

2. The opposition to construction ch. 4

Opposition during Cyrus' reign 4:1-5

Opposition during Ahasuerus' reign 4:6

Opposition during Artaxerxes' reign 4:7-23

The effect of opposition during Cyrus' reign 4:24

3. The delay in construction ch. 5

The resumption of work 5:1-2

Tattenai's question 5:3-5

Tattenai's letter 5:6-17

4. The completion of construction ch. 6

Darius' search 6:1-2

Cyrus' memorandum 6:3-5

Darius' decree 6:6-12

Tattenai's compliance 6:13-15

The Jews' celebration 6:16-22

II. THE SECOND RETURN UNDER EZRA chs. 710

A. The Return to Jerusalem CHS. 78

1. The decree of Artaxerxes and its consequences ch. 7

Ezra's background 7:1-10

Artaxerxes' decree 7:11-26

Ezra's thanksgiving 7:27-28

2. The journey itself ch. 8

The leading men who returned 8:1-14

The recruiting of Levites to return 8:15-20

The immigrants' spiritual preparation 8:21-23

Ezra's physical preparations 8:24-30

Safe arrival 8:31-36

B. The Restoration of the People chs. 910

1. The problem of mixed marriages ch. 9

The news of apostasy 9:1-4

Ezra's prayer 9:5-15

2. The solution to the problem ch. 10

The proposal of Shecaniah 10:1-4

The assembling of the people 10:5-8

The cooperation of the people 10:9-15

The completion of the proceedings 10:16-44

Conclusion

Appendix

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