Ezra

Detailed outline of the Book of Ezra – Exiles’ return, rebuilding of the Temple, reforms introduced

First Return from Exile and Rebuilding of the Temple (chs. 1–6) First Return of the Exiles (ch. 1) The edict of Cyrus (1:1–4) The return under Sheshbazzar (1:5–11) List of Returning Exiles (ch. 2) Revival of Temple Worship (ch. 3) The rebuilding of the altar (3:1–3) The Feast of Tabernacles (3:4–6) The beginning of temple reconstruction (3:7–13) Opposition to Rebuilding (4:1–23) Opposition during the reign of Cyrus (4:1–5) Opposition during the reign of Xerxes (4:6) Opposition during the reign of Artaxerxes (4:7–23) Completion of the Temple (4:24—6:22) Resumption of work under Darius (4:24) A new beginning inspired by Haggai and Zechariah (5:1–2) Intervention of the governor, Tattenai (5:3–5) Report to Darius (5:6–17) Search for the decree of Cyrus (6:1–5) Darius’s order for the rebuilding