Summary of The Book of Ezra
The Book of Ezra covers events in later Jewish Biblical
history, for example the return of the Jews from exile under
Zerubbabel, and the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple in
Jerusalem. It also covers the arrival of Ezra in Jerusalem,
Ezra reforms religion and government, (note the prophecies of
Haggai and Zechariah correspond with this time period). The
main events include: 1) The return of the exiles to Jerusalem
at the decree of Cyrus, 546 BC (Ezra 1-2 ).
2 ) The work of rebuilding the temple begun, brought to a
standstill through the efforts of heathen neighbors, and
finally completed at the urging of Haggai and Zechariah (Ezra
3 ) Ezra's return to Jerusalem for the purpose of restoring
the temple service (Ezra 7-8).
4 ) The problem of mixed marriages, which threatened to plunge
the Jews into the same course of idolatry which had brought
about their original downfall (Ezra 9-10).