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Ezra and Nehemiah: An Introduction and Commentary

Ezra and Nehemiah: An Introduction and Commentary

Derek Kidner

| IVP | 1979

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“The chequered story of the Kings, a matter of nearly five centuries, had ended disastrously in 587 B.C. with the sack of Jerusalem, the fall of the monarchy and the removal to Babylonia of all that made Judah politically viable. It was a death to make way for a rebirth.” So begins Derek Kidner in this introduction and commentary to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah which chart the Jews’ return from exile to Jerusalem and the beginnings of that rebirth. As the drama unfolds, we see how international politics, nationalist pride, wise leadership, political intrigue and opportunism, internal dissension and compromise all shape events. But above all and through all we see the good hand of God at work.

Author Bio

Frank Derek Kidner (1913-2008) was an Old Testament scholar and ordained minister in the Church of England. He was the author of several commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries series, perhaps most notably, his commentary on the Psalms. He retired in 1978 and died at age 95 in Histon, England (a small village near Cambridge) in 2008.

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