Ezra and Nehemiah, By Derek Kidner
Ezra and Nehemiah
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 23, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0542
  • ISBN: 9781514005422

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"The chequered story of the Kings, a matter of nearly five centuries, had ended disastrously in 587 B.C. with the sack of Jerusalem, the fall of the monarchy and the removal to Babylonia of all that made Judah politically viable. It was a death to make way for a rebirth. So begins Derek Kidner in this introduction and commentary to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which chart the Jews' return from exile to Jerusalem and the beginnings of a new start.

As the drama unfolds, we see how international politics, nationalist pride, wise leadership, political intrigue and opportunism, internal dissension and compromise all shape events. But above all we see the hand of God at work. In this volume, formerly part of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries series, Kidner's clear prose and theological insight will help readers understand the complex literary and historical issues surrounding these two books and their chief characters.

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Publisher’s preface
Author’s preface
A selection of dates
Chief abbreviations

1. Ezra and Nehemiah in the setting of their times
2. The religious policy of the Persian kings
3. Some leading themes of Ezra-Nehemiah

Commentary on Ezra
Additional note on the list of vessels, 1:9-11

Commentary on Nehemiah

1. The designation, sources, languages and authorship of Ezra-Nehemiah
2. The identity of Sheshbazzar
3. The Elephantine papyri and some statements of Josephus
4. A question of chronology: Ezra-Nehemiah or Nehemiah-Ezra?
5. Ezra’s book of the law
6. Ezra-Nehemiah as history


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Derek Kidner (1913–2008) was warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and the Bible Speaks Today series.