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Based on years of rigorous research and study, this guide provides insightful guidance into the complexities of the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The author gives special attention to the difficult scholarly challenges associated with their form, structure, and literary history.

sense of identity within the age-old and continuing history of the relationship between God and his chosen people. Alongside this diachronic dimension, however, there was also the need for an understanding of the synchronic aspects of their position: in particular, how should they regard their relationships with the dominant but foreign political rulers—the Persian, and later Hellenistic, imperial authorities at the court, and the local officials with whom they came into more immediate and regular
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