“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out my loyal deeds which I have performed for the house of my God and its services.”
Tuesday’s Bible reading is Nehemiah 10–13.
May the Lord bless you through the reading of His Word!
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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter
As you read Nehemiah, I thought it might be helpful to have a chart of the sequence of some major events in the return of the exiles to Jerusalem.
These dates are from Dr. Gleason Archer’s A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, a standard and respected work. Within each chapter he discusses his reasoning as well as that of other scholars.1
|The Exiles Return to Israel|
||Burning of Jerusalem and destruction of Temple
|538 B.C.||Cyrus: Rebuild Temple (2 Chronicles 36:22–23)|
||Exiles return under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2–3)|
||Foundation of Second Temple laid (Ezra 3:8)|
||Building stopped by enemy discouragement (Ezra 4)
|520 B.C.||Haggai & Zechariah prophesy (Ezra 5:1–2)
|Building of Temple resumes
||Temple Finished: 70 years after 586 B.C. destruction
||Artaxerxes I: Rebuild Jerusalem (Ezra 7)
|445 B.C.||Artaxerxes I: Rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2)|
“For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.’”
1Gleason L. Archer, Jr., “Postexilic Historical Books: 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther,” A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, pp. 404–421; “Postexilic Prophets: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi,” A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, pp. 422–432.