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English Bible Dictionary

Esdras

 

  • (Greek form of Ezra), The First Book of, the first in order of the apocryphal books in the English Bible. The first chapter is a transcript of the last two chapters of 2 Chron., for the most part verbatim, and only in one or two parts slightly abridged and paraphrased. Chapters 3,4, and 5 to the end of ver. 6, are the original portions of the book, and the rest is a transcript more or less exact of the book of Ezra, with the chapters transposed and quite otherwise arranged, and a portion of Nehemiah. Hence a twofold design in the compiler is discernible--one to introduce and give scriptural sanction to the legend about Zerubbabel; the other to explain the great obscurities of the book of Ezra, in which, however, he has signally failed, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. Its author is unknown, and it was probably written in Egypt. It has no historical value.

  • The form of the name of Ezra the scribe in 1 and 2 Esdras.

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