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Commentary on Ezra

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1, 1 :

In the first year of Cyrus: as sovereign over the world empire which began with his conquest of Babylon; that is, 538 B.C.

1, 8 :

Sheshbazzar: very probably the fourth son of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, taken captive to Babylon in 598 B.C., listed in 1 Chr 3, 18 as Senneser; if so, he was the uncle of Zerubbabel (Ezr 3, 2ff); see note on 1 Chr 3, 18 .

1, 11 :

Total … five thousand four hundred pieces: either this figure or the figures given for one or more of the items listed (vv 9f ) have been corrupted in the transmission of the text.

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