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Ezra in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: עֶזְרָא, Modern Ezra Tiberian ʻEzrÔ; Greek: Έσδράς;
Latin: Esdras) was a Jewish priestly scribe who led about
5,000 Israelite exiles living in Babylon to their home city of
Jerusalem in 459 BCE. Ezra reconstituted the dispersed Jewish
community on the basis of the Torah and with an emphasis on
the law. According to the Hebrew Bible, Ezra resolved the
identity threat which arose by the intermarriage between Jews
and foreigners and provided a definite reading of the
Torah. Ezra is highly respected in the Jewish tradition.
His knowledge of the Torah is considered to have been equal
with Moses. Like Moses, Enoch, and David, Ezra is given the
honorific title of "scribe" and is referred to as עזרא הסופר,
or "Ezra the scribe" in the Jewish tradition.
Although not mentioned at all in the Qur'an among the Islamic
prophets, he is considered as one of the prophets by some
Muslim scholars, based on Islamic traditions...