Nehemiah 10–13

Read the Bible in 2011Week 50: Tuesday

“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.”
Nehemiah 13:14

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
Date Event
586 B.C.
Burning of Jerusalem and destruction of Temple
538 B.C. Cyrus: Rebuild Temple (2 Chronicles 36:22–23)
538 B.C.
Exiles return under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2–3)
536 B.C.
Foundation of Second Temple laid (Ezra 3:8)
—16 Years—
Building stopped by enemy discouragement (Ezra 4)
520 B.C. Haggai & Zechariah prophesy (Ezra 5:1–2)

Building of Temple resumes
516 B.C.
Temple Finished: 70 years after 586 B.C. destruction
Jeremiah 29:10
457 B.C.
Artaxerxes I: Rebuild Jerusalem (Ezra 7)

Ezra’s return
445 B.C. Artaxerxes I: Rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2)

Nehemiah’s return
435 B.C.
Malachi prophesies

“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.’”
Jeremiah 29:10

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.

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