Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY"
The History of Israel:  Part 8a of 9
THE RETURN FROM EXILE - OUTLINE

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
1964

  1. THE RETURN FROM EXILE
    Zerubbabelís return to close of O.T. Canon by Malachi (538-432 B.C.). (Here begins the Medo-Persian period of the times of the Gentiles in Daniel 2, the breast and arms of silver.)
    1. RETURN UNDER ZERUBBABEL, Ezra 1-6 (538 B.C.)
      1. Preparation for return, 1
      2. List of those who returned, 2
      3. Temple rebuilding begun, 3
      4. Adversaries hinder the work, 4-5
      5. Temple finished, dedicated, 6 (516 B.C.)
         
    2. RETURN UNDER EZRA, Ezra 7-10 (458 B.C.)
      1. Preparation for return, 7
      2. Arrival at Jerusalem, 8
      3. Ezraís prayer of confession of mixed marriages, 9
      4. Jews leave their strange wives, 10
         
    3. RETURN UNDER NEHEMIAH, Neh. 1-13 (445 B.C.)
      1. Nehemiahís prayer, 1
      2. Nehemiah returns and views the wall, 2
      3. Wall rebuilt, 3-6 (in 52 days!)
      4. List of those who returned, 7
      5. Revival under Ezra and Nehemiah, 8-10
      6. List of those who dwelt in Jerusalem, 11
      7. Dedication of the wall, 12
      8. Nehemiah returns a second time to Jerusalem and corrects various abuses, 13
         
    4. LIFE AMONG JEWS WHO DID NOT RETURN, Est. 1-10
      1. Esther chosen queen, 1-2
      2. Hainanís promotion and plan to destroy Jews, 3-4
      3. Esther defeats Hainanís plot, 5-7
      4. Mordecai promoted, 8
      5. Jews destroy their enemies; Purim instituted, 9-10
 

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