Theme: The Word of the Lord
- The book of Ezra records no miracles.
- Ezra was one of the last Old Testament authors.
- Ezra is one of two books in the Bible that carries a significant amount of original material in Aramaic (see also Daniel).
- The book of Ezra records the building of the second temple of God in Jerusalem. The book of Ezra is never quoted anywhere in the New Testament.
- Ezra records the first two of three returns of Jewish exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem. Ezra is the only scribe to author a book of the Bible.
- Ezra is the only book that begins with virtually the same final words of another book (compare 2 Chron. 36:22–23 with Ezra 1:1–3).
- Ezra has the unusual feature of having an almost sixty-year break between its two main divisions (chs. 1–6; 7–10).
- Ezra 7:21 contains all of the letters of the alphabet except the letter j.
- The name of Jerusalem appears some forty-seven times in this book.
- Jewish tradition and the Talmud claim that Ezra was responsible for helping to put the Old Testament canon together.
That the book of Ezra contains much-needed truth for the present time is my firm belief. —H. A. Ironside
The book of Ezra is a work of so simple a character as scarcely to require an “introduction.” It is a plain and straightforward account of one of the most important events in Jewish history—the return of the people of God from the Babylonian captivity. . . . No book of Scripture has fewer difficulties or obscurities. There is no miracle recorded in it, hence its historical truth is admitted almost universally. —The Pulpit Commentary
Ezra is often called “the Father of Judaism.” . . . The rabbinic tradition praised Ezra highly; he is mentioned often in the Talmud. He was considered a man of the Torah, as was Moses. It was observed that if Moses had not preceded him, Ezra would have received the Torah straight from Yahweh. Further, whereas God had given the Torah to the people through Moses, at a later time, when the Torah was largely forgotten, Ezra acted to reestablish it in the Jewish community. —Fredrick Carlson Holmgren
Ezra has been called, next to Moses, “The Second Lawgiver,” because he brought the Law of Moses back to the people. In addition, the book of Ezra has been called “The Second Great Exodus.” Just as in the book of Exodus Israel left slavery in Egypt to go and worship the Lord in their new homeland, so, too, in the book of Ezra God’s people left captivity in Babylon to go and worship the Lord in their homeland.
Christ can be found in Ezra as:
Builder and Restorer of the Church
Lasseigne, Jeff. Unlocking the Scriptures: What the Bible Is, How We Got It, and Why We Can Trust It (Kindle Locations 2590-2618). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.