History of Nehemiah

the tomb of Xerxes I built by his son, Artaxerxes i Books 1-7 of Nehemiah  are considered his memoirs.  Books 8-12 are  thought to be editted later by the prophet Ezra, but that is problematic because Ezra is traditionally, Ezra (Esdras I+ II) is considered to have been in Jerusaleum thirteen years earlier than Nehemiah, … Continue reading History of Nehemiah

Thos. Jefferson on Delays and Procrastination

  “Delay is preferable to error.” —THOMAS JEFFERSON, U.S. president Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. [but] 13  Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions are madness [stupid folly]  14 they chatter on and on....and they 15  are so exhausted by a little work that they [delay] … Continue reading Thos. Jefferson on Delays and Procrastination

Nehemiah meets Discouragement in Judah #4

11So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later, 12I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding. 13After dark I went out through … Continue reading Nehemiah meets Discouragement in Judah #4

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An aside: Persia, Xerxes and Nehemiah #3

For those like myself who wantto understand the histor of Nehemiah this is rather interesting.    In Nehemiah, Iran was the Persian Empire.  Now all sources refer to it as the Achaemenid Empire and all traces of Perisan have been.  It is important to remember that they are the same othewise you can up in a … Continue reading An aside: Persia, Xerxes and Nehemiah #3

Nehemiah’s tale of woe #1

Reaction of the Enemies [ESV 4:1–3] When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel." Nehemiah 2:10 "But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, … Continue reading Nehemiah’s tale of woe #1