Book of Nehemiah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
The author of this book was no doubt Nehemiah himself. There
portions of the book written in the first person
12:27-47, and 13). But there are also portions of it
Nehemiah is spoken of in the third person (ch. 8; 9;
10). It is
supposed that these portions may have been written
by Ezra; of
this, however, there is no distinct evidence. These
their place assigned them in the book, there can be
no doubt, by
Nehemiah. He was the responsible author of the whole
the exception of ch. 12:11, 22, 23.
The date at which the book was written was probably
431-430, when Nehemiah had returned the second time
after his visit to Persia.
The book, which may historically be regarded as a
of the book of Ezra, consists of four parts. (1.) An
the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, and of the
Nehemiah had found of those who had returned from
1-7). (2.) An account of the state of religion among
during this time (8-10). (3.) Increase of the
Jerusalem; the census of the adult male population,
and names of
the chiefs, together with lists of priests and
(11-12:1-26). (4.) Dedication of the wall of
arrangement of the temple officers, and the reforms
by Nehemiah (12:27-ch. 13).
This book closes the history of the Old Testament.
prophet was contemporary with Nehemiah.
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