1. First Return from Exile and Rebuilding of the Temple (chs. 1–6)
    1. First Return of the Exiles (ch. 1)
      1. The edict of Cyrus (1:1–4)
      2. The return under Sheshbazzar (1:5–11)
    2. List of Returning Exiles (ch. 2)
    3. Revival of Temple Worship (ch. 3)
      1. The rebuilding of the altar (3:1–3)
      2. The Feast of Tabernacles (3:4–6)
      3. The beginning of temple reconstruction (3:7–13)
    4. Opposition to Rebuilding (4:1–23)
      1. Opposition during the reign of Cyrus (4:1–5)
      2. Opposition during the reign of Xerxes (4:6)
      3. Opposition during the reign of Artaxerxes (4:7–23)
    5. Completion of the Temple (4:24—6:22)
      1. Resumption of work under Darius (4:24)
      2. A new beginning inspired by Haggai and Zechariah (5:1–2)
      3. Intervention of the governor, Tattenai (5:3–5)
      4. Report to Darius (5:6–17)
      5. Search for the decree of Cyrus (6:1–5)
      6. Darius’s order for the rebuilding of the temple (6:6–12)
      7. Completion of the temple (6:13–15)
      8. Dedication of the temple (6:16–18)
      9. Celebration of Passover (6:19–22)
  2. Ezra’s Return and Reforms (chs. 7–10)
    1. Ezra’s Return to Jerusalem (chs. 7–8)
      1. Introduction (7:1–10)
      2. The authorization by Artaxerxes (7:11–26)
      3. Ezra’s doxology (7:27–28)
      4. List of those returning with Ezra (8:1–14)
      5. The search for Levites (8:15–20)
      6. Prayer and fasting (8:21–23)
      7. The assignment of the sacred articles (8:24–30)
      8. The journey and arrival in Jerusalem (8:31–36)
    2. Ezra’s Reforms (chs. 9–10)
      1. The offense of mixed marriages (9:1–5)
      2. Ezra’s confession and prayer (9:6–15)
      3. The people’s response (10:1–4)
      4. The calling of a public assembly (10:5–15)
      5. Investigation of the offenders (10:16–17)
      6. The list of offenders (10:18–43)
      7. The dissolution of mixed marriages (10:44)