the post-exilic rebuilding of Jerusalem's wall and the public reading
of the Law.
Nehemiah rebuilt the
walls of Jerusalem
Early section of
1-7 deals with rebuilding Jerusalem's walls.
Nehemiah gains permission from
to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah's efforts
meet opposition from local Persian officials, so that some workers stand
guard while others complete the construction.
relates how Ezra and Nehemiah shape the Jewish way of life. Ezra publicly reads the Law to the people, who join
in a national confession of sin and make a covenant to obey the Law, to
refuse marriages with non-Jews, to observe the sabbath,
and to support the Temple. Nehemiah serves as governor and includes
these commitments in his administrative practices.