Ezra and Nehemiah: An Introduction and Commentary, By Geert Lorein
Ezra and Nehemiah
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 23, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0540
  • ISBN: 9781514005408

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The checkered story of the kings, lasting nearly five centuries, ended disastrously in 587 BC with the sack of Jerusalem, the fall of the monarchy, and the removal to Babylonia of all that made Judah politically viable. It was a death to make way for a rebirth. The closely related books of Ezra and Nehemiah chart the Jews' return from exile to Jerusalem and the beginnings of that rebirth. As the drama unfolds, Geert Lorein explains, we see the good hand of God at work through it all.

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. In the new Old Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment, and Meaning. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.

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General preface
Author’s preface

1. Genre
2. Historical background
3. Authorship
4. Languages, text and canon
5. Theology




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Geert W. Lorein is professor of Old Testament studies at Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of The Antichrist Theme in the Intertestamental Period and a contributor to Presence, Power and Promise.

David G. Firth is tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He is the author of 1 and 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary), The Message of Joshua, and Including the Stranger, and the coeditor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Isaiah, Words and the Word, and Presence, Power and Promise.