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Ezra, Nehemiah
Bolin, Thomas M.

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2012 pp. 112. $6.95

Series Information
New Collegeville Bible Commentary


Description: The books of Ezra and Nehemiah relate the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon during the rule of the early Persian kings. For a long time, interpretations of these two books by Christian exegetes characterized the Judaism of the post-exilic age as narrow and nationalistic. This interpretation led to a separation of post-exilic Judaism from its pre-exilic Israelite roots that allowed for a supersessionist reading of the Old Testament based on perceived deficiencies in the religious views of the post-exilic era. Informed by recent advances in our knowledge of the Persian Empire, this commentary, demonstrates that Ezra and Nehemiah offer a compelling story of a peopleís attempt to reassemble the fragments of their heritage as they face the future in a greatly changed world.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Ezra, Nehemiah, Literature

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Review by Bryan J. Cook
Published 1/4/2015
Citation: Bryan J. Cook, review of Thomas M. Bolin, Ezra, Nehemiah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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