Ezra
Introduction

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Contradictions
Absurdities
Intolerance
Women
Injustice
Family Values
Science and History
Interpretation
Politics
Boring Stuff
Good Stuff

SAB:Ezra
Dwindling in Unbelief


"And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonished." -- Ezra 9:3

Ezra for Skeptics

There's not much in this little book to interest skeptics (or anyone else as far as I can tell). But here are a few things worth noting.

  • Check out the contradictions between the boring lists given in Ezra 2 and Neh.7.

  • The Israelites offend God by "taking" foreign wives and thereby corrupting the "holy seed." 9:2

  • When Ezra hears of the intermarriages he tears his clothes, plucks out his hair and beard, and sits down astonished. 9:3

  • Ezra tells the men that they must abandon their "strange" wives and children if they want to avoid God's wrath. 10:2-3, 10-12