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Commentary on Nehemiah

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1.1–7.5 : Third stage of reconstruction: rebuilding Jerusalem under Nehemiah's leadership.

These chapters come from Nehemiah's memoirs, first‐person material that is also found in chs 12–13 .

1.1–2.10 : The commission of Nehemiah.

1.1 :

Nehemiah, a cupbearer (v. 11 ) to King Artaxerxes I (464–424 BCE), who, as governor of the Persian province of Yehud (Judah), will lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls. Chislev (November‐December) in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes I ( 2.1 ), namely 445/444 BCE. Susa, the winter residence of Persian kings.

2–3 :

Jews that survived, those who remained in the land after exile in 586, as well as those who had returned since (see Ezra 1.1–4 ). The wall of Jerusalem, broken by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

1.4–11 : Nehemiah's prayer.

5 :

God of heaven, a typical postexilic designation, also found in Ezra 7.12 .

8–9 :

A paraphrase of themes in Deuteronomy (e.g., Deut 30.1–5 ).

11 :

This man, Artaxerxes I. Cupbearer, a high royal courtier who sampled wine for quality and safety (see 2.1 ).

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