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Who is the 'king of Assyria' referred to in Ezra 6:22? [duplicate]

EDIT NOTE: This question has not been satisfactorily answered previously. Neither : Fleishman's 'literary didactic ploy' nor Williamson's 'no fully satisfactory explanation' nor Blenkinsop's '...
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Did the Israelites misconstrue the prophet's instruction in Jeremiah 29:5?

Jeremiah 29:5 KJV 5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your ...
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Did the Israelites renege on the pledge in Ezra 10 to divorce foreign wives?

Ezra 10:10,19 NIV 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to ...
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Why did Daniel not return to Jerusalem according to the decree of Cyrus in Ezra 1?

In Daniel 9 we find Daniel mourning & petitioning God concerning the seventy years of captivity. Daniel 9:18-19 NKJV 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our ...
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Is there a numerical contradiction between Ezra and Nehemiah?

In Ezra 2:65 it is said that there were 200 singers. But in Nehemiah 7:67 it is said that there were 245 singers. The context is exactly the same, but the numbers are different. Isn't this a ...
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What did “God of heaven” mean in Ezra 7:21?

In Ezra 7:21, Artaxerxes refers to God as the “God of heaven.” Is he thinking in polytheistic terms here (I.e. God as head of pantheon or a Baal-like deity)?
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Why is the end of 2 Chronicles almost word-for-word identical with the first few verses of Ezra?

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a ...
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Why did Zerubbabel refuse an offer for help? (Ezra 4:1-3)

Ezra 4:1-3 (NRSV) "When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, 2 they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of ...
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In Ezra 5:6 who were the Apharsachites?

Who were the Apharsachites in Ezra 5:6? Why do translations differ so radically on how this word is translated? "This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the ...
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How can we reconcile Ezra 3:2-3 & Nehemiah 8:17?

Ezra 3:2,4 [2]Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt ...
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In Ezra 10:44 did they keep the children or send them away with their wives?

In Ezra 10 the Jews repent of having taken foreign wives and decide to "put them away" even if they had children by them. There seems to be a translation issue as to whether or not the children were ...
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Are there any Architectural Similarities between Herod's and Ezekiel's Temples?

Closely Related: - In Luke, Was Jesus Dedicated in the Second Temple, or Third? NKJV, Ezekiel 43:10 - “Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their ...
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In Luke, Was Jesus Dedicated in the Second Temple, or Third?

Closely Related: - In John, how many years did it take to build the Second Temple? 1. Question : Request for Scriptural / Historical References When Jesus was dedicated in "The Temple", was it ...
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To whom or to what does αὐτοῖς refer in Ezra 5,12?

Ἔσδρας Βʹ 5, 11 καὶ τοιοῦτο ῥῆμα ἀπεκρίθησαν ἡμῖν λέγοντες ἡμεῖς ἐσμεν δοῦλοι τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ τῆς γῆς καὶ οἰκοδομοῦμεν τὸν οἶκον ὃς ἦν ᾠκοδομημένος πρὸ τούτου ἔτη πολλά καὶ βασιλεὺς τοῦ ...
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Who is the Artaxerxes from Ezra 4 that stopped the building of the temple? [duplicate]

The book of Ezra chapter 4 tells us that Artaxerxes stopped the work of the temple, and that it remained unfinished until the second year of Darius (verse 24). Who is this Artaxerxes? He is probably ...
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Was Ezra 7:27 intended to indicate fulfillment of a prophecy from Isaiah 60:7?

Isaiah 60:7: All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;    the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,     ...
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When did Esarhaddon conquer Egypt?

Esarhaddon, son of Sennacherib, ruled the Assyrian Empire from 681 BC to 669 BC. His greatest achievement was the conquest of Egypt, and I would like to know exactly what year that happened? Also, ...
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Why would Darius be called king of Assyria?

Ezra 6 begins with a letter from King Darius concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem that whatever materials or resources are needed for its completion be given, even if it means being paid out of ...
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Who is the Artaxerxes of Ezra 7?

Ezra 7:7 mentions a Persian king Artaxerxes: Some of the Israelites, including priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers and temple servants, also came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King ...
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Ezra 5:1 > Could the prophet Haggai be a prophetess?

Ezra 5:1 Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. Upon further ...
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Were the men in Ezra 10:3 breaking marriage covenents by divorcing their foreign wives?

In other cases, Israel was called to keep their ill-advised covenents such as the one made with the Gibeonites. Why would it be preferred to break marriage covenents in this case? They even make a ...
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Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?

There are a handful of Aramaic passages in the Bible; notably in Daniel and Ezra. Since the writing system of these two was the same, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
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What led to the division of Ezra-Nehemiah?

Modern consensus is that the books of Ezra and Nehemiah actually comprise a single work which was subsequently divided into two. How is it that scholars realized this was the same book (Does it have ...