Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough
2004 James Melough
This little book, generally believed to have been written c.450 B.C., is the
record of the activity of the remnant in the century beginning 541 B.C.,
following their return from the seventy-year Babylonian captivity, and is
occupied mainly with their work of rebuilding the Temple.
It is to be noted that as there had been three deportations: 605, 597, and 586
B.C., so were there three stages of return: 538 under Zerubbabel; 458 under
Ezra; and 444 B.C. under Nehemiah.
Ezra, a priest and a scribe, see 7:21, who was a contemporary of Nehemiah, is
generally accepted as being the human author of the book.