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Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Upgrade (11 vols.)


The last historical events depicted in the Old Testament are recorded in the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Following the heart wrenching turmoil of exile, Ezra and Nehemiah led God’s people in the reconstruction of the temple and wall in Jerusalem. Their stories—and the remarkable tale of Esther from the same period—vividly demonstrate God’s faithfulness and mercy, setting in motion events that would culminate in the New Testament era and the coming of Christ.

This collection contains 1,500 pages of interpretation, application, and contextual studies drawn from noted authors such as William Kelly, Thomas Kelly Cheyne, E.W. Bullinger, and John Gifford Bellett. They have had an enduring impact on Old Testament exegesis, providing easy access to a wealth of significant scholarship.

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Add 18 more volumes of time-tested biblical scholarship on these three books with Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (18 vols.).

Key Features

  • Provides 1,500 pages of commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
  • Includes contributions from esteemed nineteenth- and twentieth-century Bible scholars and ministers
  • Presents a range of conservative and progressive interpretations

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

  • Author: James W. Harper
  • Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 118

James W. Harper surveys the historical understanding of the authorship and date of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Harper also summarizes the historical context of each book and places them within the chronology of the biblical canon. Useful charts at the end of Harper’s work document the historical happenings around the world at the time of the events depicted in these books.

James W. Harper was a twentieth-century biblical scholar.

Lectures on Ezra & Nehemiah

  • Author: William Kelly
  • Publisher: F.E. Race
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 105

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In this volume, respected theologian William Kelly examines the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the restoration of worship in the accounts of Nehemiah and Esther. Kelly draws parallels between the suffering and captivity of Israel to the trials of the Christian church and the Christian struggles with sin. Closely affiliated with the Plymouth Brethren, Kelly writes with great reverence to Scripture as the supreme authority over doctrine and Christian living.

William Kelly (1823–1906) was born in Ireland and moved to London after attending Trinity College in Dublin. Deeply involved with the Plymouth Brethren, he also became a prolific writer, earning the respect of theologians such as Charles Spurgeon. Kelly is also the author of Lectures on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Lectures on the Book of Revelation, and Notes on the Books of Job: With a New version.

An American Commentary on the Old Testament: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

  • Author: George P. Gould
  • Publisher: American Baptist Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 138

In this evangelical commentary, George P. Gould provides verse-by-verse commentary on the last historical events recorded in the Old Testament. This pastoral-level commentary is a valuable resource for practical insights into the Old Testament text.

George P. Gould was a nineteenth-century Bible scholar and preacher. He was the son of George Gould, minister of St. Mary’s Chapel in Norwich, England.

The Gospel in the Book of Esther

  • Author: Malachi Taylor
  • Publisher: Francis E. Fitch
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 44

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Malachi Taylor was committed to the idea that the Bible presents a unified narrative centered on how the life and work of Christ reconciles humanity to God. In this commentary, Taylor takes up the challenge of finding this narrative in a book of the Bible that never mentions God. Working through the book passage by passage, Taylor documents how Esther, though it never mentions God, “tells the story of his heart.”

Malachi Taylor (1827–1897) was a nineteenth century minister at Temple Court. He is also the author of The Book of the Acts: Notes of Temple Court Scripture Readings and Epistle to the Romans: Notes of Temple Court Readings.

Esther the Queen: Or, Life in the Ancient Palace of Shushan

  • Authors: Mildred Duff and Noel Hope
  • Series: Charming Stories
  • Publisher: Marshall Brothers
  • Pages: 96

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Part of the Charming Stories series published by Mildred Duff and Noel Hope, Esther the Queen is a creative dramatization of the biblical book. Duff and Hope narrate the story from Esther’s perspective, emphasizing the heroine’s unique struggle of faith, and highlighting God’s providence. Their story engages readers of all ages, introducing the context of Ahasuerus rule and delivering Esther’s message in an interesting and accessible way.

Mildred Duff was a nineteenth-century educator and author of children’s literature. She is coauthor, with Noel Hope, of The Bible in Its Making: The Most Wonderful Book in the World.

Noel Hope was a nineteenth-century educator, illustrator, and author of children’s literature. She is the coauthor, with Mildred Duff, of The Bible in Its Making: The Most Wonderful Book in the World.

Jewish Religious Life after the Exile

  • Author: T.K. Cheyne
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 310

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In this volume, Oxford professor T.K. Cheyne provides invaluable insights into the historical space Ezra and Nehemiah occupied. Cheyne studies religious life in Jerusalem before Nehemiah’s arrival, how it developed when Ezra and Nehemiah arrived, and the influence the Israelite religion had on all of the cultures it touched.

T.K. Cheyne (1841–1915) was Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford University and canon of Rochester. He studied at Göttingen in Germany and was known for biblical criticism in light of literary and historical contexts. He is the author of The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: Micah, Job and Solomon: The Wisdom of the Old Testament, and The Prophecies of Isaiah: A New Translation with Commentary and Appendices.

The Name of Jehovah in the Book of Esther

  • Author: E.W. Bullinger
  • Edition: Second
  • Publisher: E.W. Bullinger
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 7

In this brief work, ultradispensationalist theologian E.W. Bullinger examines perhaps the most well-known literary aspect of Esther: the absence of God’s name. Bullinger argues that, though God is not once referred to, “on every page his hand is seen and his providence is manifested.”

E.W. Bullinger (1837–1913) was an Anglican clergyman and Bible scholar. He served in parish ministry throughout his life and was clerical secretary of the Trinitarian Bible Society from 1867 until his death in 1913. He is most recognizable for his role in developing ultradispensational theology, which is sometimes referred to as “Bullingerism.” He is the author of The Companion Bible, A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament, and Number in Scripture.

God in the Book of Esther

  • Author: R.J. Reid
  • Publisher: Loizeaux Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 16

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In this short work, R.J. Reid explores the well-known absence of God’s name in the book of Esther. Reid argues that, though God does not explicitly reveal himself in Esther, he still carries out his providential plan. He shows how God remains active in thwarting the plans of the mighty and coming to the aid of the week, in order to bring glory to his name among all peoples.

R.J. Reid was an evangelical Bible scholar in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Witnesses for God in Dark and Evil Times: Being Studies and Meditations on the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

  • Author: J.G. Bellett
  • Publisher: John Ritchie
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 89

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This devotional volume is full of practical insights from the Irish writer J.G. Bellett. His warm voice encourages Christians by witnessing to God’s faithfulness in the life of a queen who risked her life and fortune for God’s people, and the toilsome ministries of Nehemiah and Esther. Bellett’s timeless words are helpful for pastors and parishioners studying these last historical books of the Old Testament.

J.G. Bellett (1795–1864) was an Irish Christian writer and theologian, influential in the beginning of the Plymouth Brethren movement. He is the author of Brief Notes on the Epistle to the Ephesians: The Church at Thessalonica, The Minor Prophets, and Short Meditations on Elisha.

The Book of Esther: Its Spiritual Teaching

  • Author: James Elder Cumming
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 181

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Despite never mentioning God, Esther has been ever fertile ground for pastoral insights into living for God’s glory. In this volume, Scottish minister James Elder Cumming examines the peculiarities, historical setting, and doctrine of Esther. Cumming’s work delves deep into the history of the book’s reception and meaning for Christians today.

James Elder Cumming (1830–1909) was a Scottish biblical scholar, and a minister in Sandyford, Newington, and Perth for over 50 years. He is also the author of John: The Baptist, Forerunner, and Martyr.

The Century Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

  • Author: T. Witton Davies
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: T.C. & E.C. Jack
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 408

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One of the earliest commentary series to combine extensive explanatory notes with the biblical text for personal Bible study, The Century Bible is similar to a modern study Bible. This commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther from the Century Bible provides historical and literary context and brief exegetical notes on the texts. Each passage includes a survey of conservative and progressive interpretations and provides readers of all backgrounds with the tool they need to draw their own conclusions.

T. Witton Davies (1851–1923) was professor of Semitic languages at the University College of North Wales.

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