Bible Time Period:Return
You brought the exiles back to Canaan; they rebuilt the Temple and Jerusalem and were taught once more from your Law: Rebuild my broken heart and life as I return to you.
The third wave of return from captivity is told in the book of Nehemiah, which you will begin reading today. Notice the source of the opposition to rebuilding the Jerusalem walls. Samaria’s continued opposition—combined with their syncretistic religion—is the source of the friction we see in the New Testament between the Jews and the Samaritans.
A key prophet during the Return is Malachi, who calls the people to faithfulness and reverence and warns of the coming Day of the Lord.
Why does Nehemiah return to Jerusalem, and how does he fare?
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