What is the…
Book of Nehemiah
The author of this book is no doubt Nehemiah himself.
- Who is governor Nehemiah?
There are portions of the book written in the first person (Nehemiah 1-7; Neh. 12:27-47; Neh. 13). But there are also portions of it in which Nehemiah is spoken of in the third person (Neh. 8; Neh. 9; Neh. 10). It is supposed that these portions may have been written by Ezra; of this, however, there is no distinct evidence. These portions had their place assigned them in the book, there can be no doubt, by Nehemiah. He was the responsible author of the whole book, with the exception of ch. 12:11, 22, 23.
The date at which the book was written was probably about B.C. 431-430, when Nehemiah had returned the second time to Jerusalem after his visit to Persia.
The book, which may historically be regarded as a continuation of the book of Ezra, consists of 4 parts.
- Exiles’ grief
- Nehemiah’s prayer answered
- Nehemiah inspects Jerusalem’s walls
- Builders of the walls
- Work mocked, but discouragement overcome
- Usury abolished
- Enemy plot
- Jerusalem’s Wall completed
- Census of the first returned exiles, with totals of people and gifts
An account of the spiritual state of the Jews during this time (Nehemiah 8:1-10:39).
This section contains a list of procedures for The Second Temple, the exclusion of foreigners (“no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God”), the expulsion of Tobiah, the cleansing of the Temple, the restoration of tithes to support the Levites, restoration of a day of rest on the Sabbath, and forbidding Jews from marrying foreign unbelievers (e.g. Ashdodites, Ammonites, Moabites).
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