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

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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