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Nehemiah: (a) A minister in the Persian King Artaxerxes' court, he returned to Israel in 335 BCE to strengthen the fledgling Jewish commonwealth. Under his leadership, the walls surrounding Jerusalem were rebuilt, increasing the city's security against its hostile neighbors. Together with Ezra, he reintroduced the observance of laws of the Torah, many of which had been forgotten in exile. (b) A common Jewish name.
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Nehemiah (2)
335 BCE
The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem -- which had been in ruins since the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians 88 years earlier -- was completed by Nehemia on Elul 25 of the year 3426 from creation (335 BCE) as related in the Book of Neh...
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This class teaches the book of Nehemiah, covering the first chapter, with insights culled from the classic commentaries on Tanach.
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A biblical history of the Jews
Ezra and the Second Temple
After the seventy-year exile in Babylon, many of the Jewish people return to their homeland under the leadership of Ezra.
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