Ezra, the man and the book, are somewhat underrated. As priest (and direct descendent of Aaron) and scribe, Ezra led a second group returning from Babylonian captivity to Jerusalem. The book records the events of the first group of captives to return to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel and then goes on to give a first-person account of a second group, some two thousand men, up to 450 B.C.

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah are considered one book in the Hebrew scriptures.


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