Keil and Delitzsch’s Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

Franz Delitzsch [1813-1890
Franz Delitzsch [1813-1890

Keil & Delitzsch’s Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther has proved itself a valuable work over the years, even for those with no command of Hebrew. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Carl Friedrich Keil [1807-1888] & Franz Delitzsch [1813-1890], Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1878. Hbk. pp.380. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents


§ 1. Name and Contents, Object and Plan
§ 2. Unity and Composition
§ 3. Composition and Historical Character



§ 1. Contents, Division, and Object
§ 2. Integrity and Date of Composition


§ 1. Name, Contents, Object, and Unity
§ 2. Historical Character
§ 3. Authorship and Date
§ 4. Canonicity


The Book of Ezra. Introduction

The book of Ezra consists of two parts. The first part, comprising a period anterior to Ezra, begins with the edict of Coresh (Cyrus), king of Persia, permitting the return to their native land of such Jews as were exiles in Babylon, and prescribing the rebuilding of the temple at Jerusalem (i. 1-4); and relates that when the heads of the nation, the priests and Levites, and many of the people, made preparations for returning, Cyrus had the sacred vessels which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem brought forth and delivered to Sheshbazzar (Zerubbabel), prince of Judah (i. 5-11). Next follows a list of the names of those who returned from captivity (chap. ii.), and the account of the building of the altar of burnt-offerings, the restoration of divine worship, and the laying of the foundation of the temple ( chap. iii.)…

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The many faces of Faith and Thought Journal from 1958-2015

Faith and Thought is the continuation of the Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute. It contains a number of historically important articles on the interaction of science and Christianity. Significant contributors to the journal include Profs. Leon Morris, Kenneth Kitchen, F.F. Bruce, David Bebbington and I. Howard Marshall.

My thanks to the Victoria Institute for granting its permission to digitise and place this material on-line for the first time. You can now download the complete text from 1958-2015 here.

Open Symposium: Is the Bible ‘Fake News’? Evidence from Archaeology

The Caves ner Khirbet Qumran were the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

Open Symposium 2019, Saturday 18th May 2019, 10:30am to 4:00pm

Is the Bible ‘Fake News’? Evidence from Archaeology

Admission FREE all welcome

  • Biblical Archaeology – Prof. Alan Millard
  • Joshua’s Long Day: Did he Sun really Stand Still? – Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys
  • Fake News – Why trust the ‘experts”? – Rev Prof. Philip McCormack

Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, WC2H 8EP

The event is organised by Faith and Thought. Visit their website for more information.