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As the only historical source available for the period of the Jewish returban from the Babylonian exile and its aftermath, the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are crucial for those who would study not only the political, but also the religious and social history of the Old Testament. In this valuable addition to the Guides series, Williamson seeks to steer a clear path for the student, showing how an understanding of the way the books were put together from their constituent sources can elucidate both the historical problems of the period and the theological outlook of the writer.
About the Author
H.G.M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, and Student of Christ Church.