Recounts the post-exilic rebuilding of Jerusalem's wall and the public reading of the Law.

Jerusalem's Wall

Nehemiah rebuilt the
walls of Jerusalem

Early section of
Jerusalem's wall

Neh 1-7 deals with rebuilding Jerusalem's walls.  Nehemiah gains permission from the Persians 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.

Neh 8-13 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.


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