Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Judaism, the First Phase: the Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism,
Joseph Blenkinsopp, Eerdmans, 2009, page 132
Moving on with his reading of Ezra/Nehemiah, Blenkinsopp looks at a possible connection between the E/N text and the book of Ezekiel.
A reading of Ezra-Nehemiah might suggest that the activity of Ezra represents the fulfillment of that essential part of the program of Ezekiel which had to do with the temple. The location of the Ezra narrative, after the accounr of the first return and the building of the temple under Zerubbabel, could howver give the impression that in this respect Ezra played a minor, second-order role with regard to the temple.
Ezra 6:14 tells us that the work was done "under the aegis of the God of Israel and by the order of Cyrus and Darius and King Artaxerxes of Persia" (JPS) and it would appear that the building activity continued beyond that time.