This book continues the story of the Jews who came back to Judah after the Babylonian Captivity. Nehemiah, an important official in the Persian Empire, asked for the post of governor of tiny Judah in order to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. He arrived for his first term in that office in 444 B.C., almost 100 years after the first group of exiles returned. He succeeded despite much opposition and, with the aid of Ezra, also carried out spiritual reforms. Nehemiah serves today as a model leader and model man of prayer.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Nehemiah Rebuilds Jerusalem’s Walls||Neh. 1:1–7:3|
|II.||Nehemiah Institutes Reforms||Neh. 7:4–10:39|
|III.||Nehemiah Repopulates Jerusalem||Neh. 11–13|