Ezra chapters 7 and 8 are about a return from captivity that took place in 458 bc, roughly 80 years after the return led by Zerubbabel, 60 years after the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.
- Who was Ezra? What do you learn from Ezra 7:1-11? List several things about him revealed in these verses.
- Verse 11 through the end of the chapter concerns a letter given by the Persian king Artaxerxes for Ezra authorizing his return. How supportive is Artaxerxes for the return of Ezra?
- What does the statement by Artaxerxes recorded in verse 14 reveal to be the focus of Ezra’s mission?
- What does Artaxerxes letter say about those who are found not keeping the law? (25)
- Chapter 8 begins with a census. How many returned with Ezra? (8:1-14)
- In verse 15 we learn about a 3 day encampment “by the river that flows to Ahava”. It appears that 3 things were accomplished here. What are they?
- In verses 15-20?
- In verses 21-23?
- In verses 24-30?
- The remainder chapter 8 tells about how they departed from the 3 days by the river and complete the journey to Jerusalem.