0 Ezra Topical Outline

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. 9:3

Trivia: Why did Ezra pull out the hairs on his head and beard?


1 The people return to Jerusalem (with lots of stuff) (1-11)

2 A list of people returning from Babylon (1-70)

3 An altar is built and work on the temple begins (1-13)

4 Israel's enemies offer to help build the temple (1-5)

     A letter to King Artaxerxes (6-16)

     The king's response (17-24)

5 A letter to King Darius (1-17)

6 Darius finds Cyrus's order (1-5)

     The decree of King Darius (6-12)

     The Jews finish building God's house (13-22)

7 Ezra's genealogy (1-5)

     Ezra comes to Jerusalem (6-10)

     Artaxerxes's letter to Ezra (11-28)

8 A list of families returning to Jerusalem (1-14)

     Ezra finds some Levites (15-20)

     Gold and silver are weighed and animals are sacrificed (21-36)

9 Ezra plucks out his hair and sits down astonished (1-15)

10 Ezra forces the men to abandon their strange wives (1-17)

    A list of men who had taken strange wives and children (18-44)

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