helped establish Jewish practices in Jerusalem after the exile.
Ezra was devoted
to Israel's Law
A member of a Jewish
priestly family in exiled in Babylonia,
Ezra was also a scribe skilled in the law of Moses. The Book of Ezra
recounts the return of the exiles from Babylon,
the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple
and the rebuilding of the community under Ezra. Ezra's program required
that Jewish men divorce Gentile wives to help maintain Israel's distinctive
identity. He provided for the public reading of the Torah, public confession
of sin, and renewed commitment to God.
Ezra 7:1-10 -
Goes from Babylonia to Jerusalem
- Publicly reads the law