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The Post-Exilic Period:
Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

By Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Biblical interpretation)


Brief Explanations of the Technical Resources used in This Commentary

Brief Definitions of Hebrew Verbal Forms that Impact Exegesis

Abbreviations Used in This Commentary

A Word From the Author: How Can This Commentary Help You?

A Guide to Good Bible Reading: A Personal Search for Verifiable Truth


Introduction to Ezra
Ezra 1 Ezra 4 Ezra 8
Ezra 2 Ezra 5 Ezra 9
Ezra 3 Ezra 6 Ezra 10
  Ezra 7  
Introduction to Nehemiah
Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah 5 Nehemiah 10
Nehemiah 2 Nehemiah 6 Nehemiah 11
Nehemiah 3 Nehemiah 7 Nehemiah 12
Nehemiah 4 Nehemiah 8 Nehemiah 13
  Nehemiah 9  
Introduction to Esther
Esther 1 Esther 4 Esther 8
Esther 2 Esther 5 Esther 9
Esther 3 Esther 6 Esther 10
  Esther 7  


Kings and Events of the Babylonian, Persian, and Greek Dynasties

Brief Historical Survey of the Powers of Mesopotamia

Chart of the Old Testament

Timeline of the Post-Exilic Period

Doctrinal Statement


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The primary biblical text used in this commentary is: New American Standard Bible (Update, 1995) Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, P. O. Box 2279, La Habra, CA 90632-2279


This commentary does not attempt to locate all of the sites mentioned. There are numerous Bible Atlases that plot their locations as accurately as modern researchers can. If the location has some historical or theological significance, then this will be noted!