Derek Kidner begins the introductory section of this commentary discussing the history of Persia and the Jewish people, as well as the theology stated in these prophetic books. He then examines 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.
Non-technical, conservative, verse-by-verse commentary. The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.