Overview: Ezra-Nehemiah

Overview: Ezra-Nehemiah

Overview: Ezra-Nehemiah

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Watch our overview video on the prophetic books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which breaks down the literary design of each book’s flow of thought. In these books, many Israelites return to Jerusalem after the exile and face some success alongside many spiritual and moral failures.

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44 thoughts on “Overview: Ezra-Nehemiah

  1. baileytee

    Gosh I love these videos. I’m trying to read through the Bible and these summaries are SOOO valuable to my understanding. Giving God the glory for leading you all to this project so that the lost can find the way. Blessings. 🙏🏼

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  2. Deanna Kay

    I do love and appreciate your insight, Tim, but there are times I would love to sit with you and chew the theological cud. This is one of those.
    I do appreciate how you compared this rebuilt Temple and rebuild Jerusalem with the promised Messianic Temple and Messianic Jerusalem – and showed how this isn't it.
    However, I believe you misrepresented the hearts and intentions of the three leaders.

    1) What does the Torah state about who and who cannot build the Temple? What does Torah state about who only can cut the stones of the Temple? This is key to recall when it comes to the people asking to help build the Temple.

    2) Ezra 4 – "1When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the LORD, the God of Israel, 2they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of the families, saying, “Let us build with you because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to Him since the time of King Esar-haddon of Assyria, who brought us here.”
    The text states thee people were enemies, not the grandchildren of the Israelites left behind from being exiled. In fact, if you read back in 2 Kings, people from the surrounding nations had been brought in to resettle the land. So why are you stating that the people asking to help build the Temple were Israelites?

    3) The pre-exile Israelites fell into sin when they married foreigners and kept the religious practices of these foreign nations. I do not understand why you neglected to consider this consequence in your evaluation of Ezra's actions in forcing the foreign wives and their children away. Please recall that the people were still under the Covenant of Sinai and were still required to abide by this Covenant, not the one that had not come yet. Now we could debate about whether or not the wives and their children should have been given the chance to renounce their foreign gods et al, but it is still improper to leave out this key point of information with regards to the people needing to keep themselves holy (set apart).

    4) The surrounding people becoming hostile to being rejected happened with Zerubbabel, not with Nehemiah. With Nehemiah, the surrounding people were hostile first. I do not understand why this was presented inaccurately.

    That said, I do appreciate the conclusion about change needing to come from the heart. In fact, Ezra-Nehemiah is the perfect set-up for what we see in the Gospels.

    1) The hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans – the Israelites who were left behind intermarried with the Gentiles who were brought into the land.
    2) The additions of strict laws to force people into obeying Torah. We can see in this book the foundation for why the religious leaders found it necessary to clamp down on the rules to help keep the people from falling into sin and rebellion.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  3. Matthew Von Trapp

    I usually like Bible project videos, but this one falls short. 😔

    The narrator expressed how it "doesn't make sense" that those who want to help are rejected by Zerubbabel.

    That's because those folks were not priesthood holders (or authorized) AND they were enemies, likely brought into the land by the Babylonians when the occupation occurred.

    Additionally, these enemies were effective in stopping the building of the temple. so they really were enemies.

    This lack of understanding by the makers of the Bible project runs much deeper because there is a general lack of understanding about the doctrine and use of the temple.

    It would be great if the Bible project included more chronological context instead of just book by book.

    I love you guys and support you… but having the correct doctrinal wrapper for the old testament is imperative to understanding the new testament… and how God interacts with His children in general

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  4. Lazy Bot

    Why not sell the video as a poster?

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  5. Ethan Foster

    Love our neighbors

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  6. gamer1453

    @5:37 bottom of the screen and center. Did that guy turn super saiyan 3?

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  7. Nathan Tabile

    Without God's conviction, their acts is nothing.
    Ultimately it is God. That is why some people can't stand a boring sermon like Jonathan Edwards'.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
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  9. Jobin Jacob Kavalam

    Don't know how to thank the BibleProject … it really opens your eyes to the beauty of the scripture ! There are some things, you see them and you cannot help but Praise the Lord !

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  10. Steve Ramirez

    Nice explanation, great graphics!

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  11. Wolf Lunatic

    Ezra is genghis khan the Aramaic cohen hun

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  12. mike smith

    let's start by saying that I'm not a radical right and that I've enjoyed every video and that I feel the teaching has been solid, up to this one.
    it's a very strange interpretation to emply that Ezra got it all wrong and that the people hadn't commented sin.
    Time and time again in the histories of Kings and Chronicals we are giving the example of leaders marrying "the people of the land" and how that influence led to the worship of the gods of the land.
    This teaching crossed the line to "having an agenda." I'm not sure what that agenda is and I haven't given up on you…yet.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  13. William Handy

    Been contributing for years to the Bible Project, and I must say that what you guys are doing is such a blessing. Please continue your work, the world needs God more than it can possibly know right now.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  14. Let's Discuss Life Matters

    Thank you! That was great. I enjoyed the depth of insight and clarity offered in understanding the many twists in these books.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  15. Business Now24

    This is where everything went wrong

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  16. Elizabeth Danner

    Holistic change of heart is so needed for this season. Man's heart ❤️ is growing colder.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  17. Viren Vruksh

    "Grandchildren of the Israelites who had been living in Jerusalem, who had not gone into captivity, came to offer help"….You are adding to Scripture a lying fancy of your own perverted imagination, (it is not found anywhere in the text!), and therefore you come under God's curse!

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  18. Becca

    I’m about to start reading the book of Ezra, thank you for creating this explanation! I pray God blesses all your work and that it helps bring many to the knowledge of Christ! ✝️💜

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  19. S3itch Bl1ng

    nice summary

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  20. 鄭錫安弟兄 Zion Zenn

    The Four Books of Ezra
    1. Septuagint 2 Ezra ch. 1-10: English Ezra; 拉
    2. Septuagint 2 Ezra ch. 11-23: English Nehemiah; 尼

    Deuterocanonical Books:
    3. Septuagint 1 Ezra: English 1 Esdras, Vulgata Clementina (Douay–Rheims) 3 Ezra, Greek Esdras 以斯拉續篇上卷
    4. Vulgata Clementina (Douay–Rheims) 4 Ezra: English 2 Esdras, Latin Esdras 以斯拉續篇下卷

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  21. The Bunker

    Dude, it is a lot of work on this drawing. Congrats, team!

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  22. Elijah Selbicky

    Very thorough interpretation of what Nehemiah was fighting to accomplish. When we as born again Bible believers obey Jesus, there will be opposition. We must stick to the work and do what is pleasing in the sight of Him!

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  23. Wally Kizer

    Often Christian work is paved with good intentions with little changed on the heart.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  24. Mary-Jane Price


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  25. Emmanuel Aizprua

    Ezra-Nehemiah: a single book that we got divided in two but could be divided in three. 🤭

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  26. Alexis Green-Hernandez

    Good overview I love ❤ listening 🎶 to these overviews thanks 😊 🙏 🙏 🤲 🕍 😇 👼 😇 👼 😇 👼

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  27. Mr Brown

    Glad you explained the purpose of the "downers." It all makes perfect sense now.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  28. ezra 21

    My name is Ezra! Lol

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  29. Nishadani Peiris

    Thanks amazing…❤🙏👍

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  30. Tonino Manzi

    Which program have you used to create this interactions?

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  31. Clint Hathcock

    The Bible Project gives decent context but their views are obviously progressively skewed. And they seem to believe that these are just stories instead of historical truth. This video is the worst yet. Almost, if not , blasphemous.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  32. ShiroKitty(しろ猫)

    In Ezra 4:1 its specifies enemies or adversaries of Judah and Benjamin.

    Why then in the video it says grandchildren? Can someone explain this plz?

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  33. Roddrick Crowell

    I love Bible projects

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  34. Giancarlos Perez

    I enjoy BibleProject videos, but I’m compelled to point out the inaccuracies in this one. Particularly the one regarding the splitting of the families and sending away the wives and children.

    The people of Israel had literally just returned from a 70 year exile, and part of the reason God had driven them out of the land was their marriage to foreign women who caused them to worship idols. As harsh as it may seem to a 21th Century Western audience, it was the right thing to do in order to preserve the remnant of God’s people.

    The Bible is its own interpreter. Please read for yourself Ezra 9:

    “1 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites. 2 They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.” 3 When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice. 5 Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the LORD my God 6 and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. 7 From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today. 8 “But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. 9 Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem. 10 “But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands 11 you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other. 12 Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’ 13 “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this. 14 Shall we then break your commands again and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor? 15 LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  35. Whosoever

    The promises of God are without repentance, but the Pharisees needed to be raised up in the murderous spirit of Levi to be the slayers of the sacrifice. So your anticlimactic suspicions are correct, and it is this disconnect that leads the Pharisees to arise as slayers in those 400 years that the Gentile kingdoms progress by Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue. At the point the Pharisees have hardened their hearts sufficiently to be the slayers of Jesus, and the Torah was again hidden from the people, Luke 11:52, then it was the appointed time for Jesus to be born. All the players again in place, in the defiled land of Benjamin with its capital city Jerusalem ready to slay the sacrifice.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  36. JVSimba007

    The presentation of this unified book is good. However, let's not forget the contributions of these personalities in the growth of Judaism. If it wasn't for them, Judaism would not have had easily been crumbled by Greco-Roman influences.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  37. Veronica Adams

    Nobody noticed. I enjoy gods mystery and his mysterious ways. What do you believe may I ask are you christian are you jewish •notice how I do not associate Jewish with being hebrew• I am not an atheist yet I'm not a christian then what am I. Ezra has spoken about me coming just as his teachings is of both times the ending of the old and new world together. Beautiful his double meanings as the flame of my mouth preach his true words to all who believe. As many will not. Find who god is find what he wants. Faith worship a battle between time. Much love Eli.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  38. Praise Anthems

    At 2:50 – The people who offered to help with the temple building were NOT the grandchildren of Israel. They were immigrants brought in from somewhere else by Assyrian king, Esarhaddon. (Read Ezra 4:2).
    We can read their history in 2 Kings 17:24-41. The kings who captured Israel and Judah began bringing people from other places like Babylon, Cuthah, Ava etc to settle down in Israeli cities. These are the people who offered to help rebuild the temple.
    But why did they say
    "Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him…."

    Read II Kings 17:25, "And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them."….
    "Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Send there one of the priests whom you brought from there; let him go and dwell there, and let him teach them the rituals of the God of the land.” Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord.
    II Kings 17:27‭-‬28

    This is how they learnt to fear the LORD, yet they also served their own gods.
    Zerubbabel refused their help because they were still idolaters who merely respected and feared the true God of Israel.

    Glory to the LORD God Almighty!

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  39. Gary M

    At first I gave this vid a thumbs up, then later down, then later no thumb, now I am back to thumbs up. This is an 8:34 minute video, and not meant to be an in-depth study on 2 books, which would make this video like 2 hours or more. Who is going to watch a 2 hour video and the content would be totally different! The basic story is explained. Messiah is mentioned, our need for a new heart explained, and we are encouraged to learn more concerning, "what is God going to do about fulfilling his great covenant promises." May we all seek after God more earnestly each day that we are graciously given to live, until our day to be with Him comes. "Lord, help me to keep my lamp burning and trimmed (Matthew 25:7)."

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  40. smw777

    Excellent interpretation my brother

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  41. Sandra Stewart

    Love it ☺️

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply

    uwu 👉🏻👈🏻

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  43. Jazzy

    All the nation are the Israelites that have been hellenized. This whole book is about Israelites

    August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply

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