Ezra and Nehemiah are considered some of the “historical” books of the Bible, for in them we get a glimpse of life in Israel after the exile in Babylon. Dr. Schoville identifies these as the Ezra Memoirs and the Nehemiah Memoirs. It is his belief that the first-person material in these books was probably written around 400 B.C., while an editor compiled these memoirs with other sources around 300 B.C., after the conquest of Alexander the Great.
“he liberated the city of Babylon in October, 539 B.C. He had already ruled” (Page 42)
“This is not secular history; it is the story of God at work in the politics of the day to accomplish what he had promised two generations earlier.” (Page 42)
“There was a certain danger in doing this—to appear worried or agitated in the king’s presence might be interpreted as due to disloyal thoughts about him.” (Page 145)
“The letter writers are touting their personal and political loyalty to Artaxerxes, in contrast to the implied disloyalty of the Jews.” (Page 79)