Know Your Bible – March 31, 2015

Ezra

Details, Please (Part 1)

About a half century after Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and carried Jews into captivity, Persia is the new world power.  King Cyrus allows a group of exiles to return to Judah to rebuild the temple.  Some 42,000 people return and resettle the land.

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Know Your Bible – March 27, 2015

2 Chronicles

Details, Please (Part 2)

In the remainder of 2 Chronicles, the various kings of the relatively godlier southern nation of Judah are profiled right down to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.  The book ends with the Persian king Cyrus allowing Jews to rebuild the devastated temple.

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Know Your Bible – March 25, 2015

2 Chronicles

Author/Date

Not stated but traditionally attributed to Ezra the priest.  Covers Israelite history from about 970 BC (the accession of King Solomon) to the 500s BC (when exiled Jews returned to Jerusalem).

In Ten Words or Less

The history of Israel from Solomon to division to destruction.

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