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Tiberius Rata, an Old Testament scholar, considers the narrative of the restoration of the Jewish people to its homeland. At the center of these two books of Ezra and Nehemiah are the decrees of two Persian kings, Cyrus and Artaxerxes. We discover a God who is in control of history and the hearts of his people. Yahweh can even work through the lives of secular kings.
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- Provides exposition that builds the faith of the reader
- Contains ample exegesis
- Moves verse-by-verse through these fascinating books of the Bible
This commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah is superbly written, beautifully illustrated and carefully documented. Dr. Rata has provided the student of Scripture with a thoughtful commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah that is holistic in approach. He skillfully weaves together matters of the Hebrew text, historical backgrounds, theology and archaeological discoveries. Also not forgotten are the practical needs of the contemporary Christian. This is a book suitable for the classroom, pastor’s office, or the scholar’s study.
—John J. Davis, president/professor emeritus, Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary
Tiberius Rata has provided the church with a clearly written, insightful synthesis of the often-neglected books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The author’s style is concise and readable; he stays on track and refuses to deviate from his primary goal of illuminating the meaning and significance of the biblical text. One of the most useful features of this volume is its attention to contemporary relevance. Without violating the meaning of the ancient text in its context, the author derives helpful practical insights that are consistent with its original intention.
—Robert B. Chisholm Jr., chair and professor of Old Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
- Title: Mentor Commentary: Ezra & Nehemiah
- Author: Tiberius Rata
- Publisher: Christian Focus
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 288
About Tiberius Rata
Tiberius Rata, a native of Romania, is the chair of the Biblical Studies Department and professor of Old Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Institute for Biblical Research and has presented papers at the national conventions of the Evangelical Theological Society.