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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

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Contemporary scholarship has formed an uneasy consensus around the notion that Ezra and Nehemiah had their origin in two separate ‘memoirs’ from the two historical figures in c.460–440 BCE. But why were they written? Some have suggested comparisons with official reports written to the Persian monarch (Blenkinsopp 1988: 262), while others have suggested that, at least in the case of the Nehemiah memoirs, they were originally written as a defence against accusations of sedition. Others have suggested biblical precedents such as psalms of lament or defence (so Kellermann 1967 ). To these memoirs were joined two sorts of supporting materials. First, older correspondence and documents involving both local and imperial Persian authorities provided the material for Ezra chs. 1–6 . Secondly, a series of lists was added (the dates are debated), most prominently the Golah List of Ezra ch. 2 ǁ Neh ch. 7 . The many lists form one of the most perplexing features of the work.

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