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Nehemiah

The book of Nehemiah is one of the historical books in the Old Testament. Chronologically, Nehemiah picks up slightly after the book of Ezra and over a century after the conclusion of Second Kings and Second Chronicles. The books of Esther and Daniel give us some insight into what happened during this time, when the […]

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Nehemiah’s Omission

In Nehemiah and the Wall, we saw Nehemiah’s great leadership at work, stirring up a passive and floundering people to act, quickly accomplishing what had long been languishing.  He also ushered in numerous reforms and ignited a spiritual revival. Yet he lacked one thing.  He did not train a replacement. After leading his people for […]

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Opposition to Nehemiah

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the walls of the city of Jerusalem were rebuild in only 52 days. That seems quick and it sounds like it would have been easy, but it was not.  Nehemiah faced severe opposition, in multiple ways, that threatened progress and could have easily derailed the project. This opposition took various forms, from […]

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Nehemiah and the Wall

Nehemiah was in exile.  Though some of his people had been repatriated, he remained in Babylon.  Those who returned, had rebuilt the temple, but the city walls (their protection from attack) were still in ruins.  Nehemiah sought the king’s permission and blessing to return and rebuild the wall. So Nehemiah goes home, surveys the situation, […]

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1 Esdras

The book of 1 Esdras is essentially a carefully selected compilation of text from 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Interspersed within the condensed text from these other sources is the story of a contest between three of the king’s bodyguards. The bodyguard Zerubbabel wins. As a reward Zerubbabel receives permission to return to […]

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Bible Term: Southern Kingdom

The Southern Kingdom, also known as the Southern Tribes of Judah, was one of two nations that resulted when Israel split due to the unwise leadership of King Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 10). The other nation was the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Like the Northern Kingdom, the Southern Kingdom, was later conquered and deported. They, however, […]

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Bible Term: Old Testament

The Bible is a book of books, 66 books* altogether, written over a period of hundreds of years by many different authors. These 66 books are divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books** and addresses the formation, existence, and demise of the nation of Israel, […]

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Bible Term: Historical Books

The history books of the Bible primarily contain historical accounts of key events surrounding the Jews in the Old Testament. These books are not limited to a pure chronicle of events, but also contain significant insights into God and our relationship to him. Historical insight can also be gained from other books of the Bible. […]

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Bible Term: Curse

In modern usage, curse is generally considered synonymous with swear. In the Bible curse takes on different meanings, such as to invoke misfortune, to afflict, to make an oath, and to insult, as well as to swear. Here are some ways curse is used in the Bible: Curses, or ill-will, can be given to people […]

Alphabetical List of the Books of the Bible

The Books of the Old Testament, New Testament , and Apocrypha of the Bible, listed in alphabetical order. (See the list of books in biblical order.) Acts Amos Baruch* Bel and the Dragon* Chronicles (1 & 2) Colossians Corinthians, First Corinthians, Second Daniel Daniel, expanded* Deuteronomy Ecclesiastes Ephesians Esdras, One* Esther Esther, expanded* Exodus Ezekiel […]