Study Guide

Ezra and Nehemiah Figures

Who Were They?

The identities of Ezra and Nehemiah have been endlessly debated. Were they real historical...

Ezra

Ezra leaves his nice home in Babylon and helps reassemble the shattered pieces of Israel into a...

Nehemiah

Nehemiah's a cup-bearer to King Artaxerxes—actually a pretty high position at court. He...

Jeshua the High Priest and Zerubbabel

These guys lead the first group of Jewish exiles back to Judah, lay the foundations for the...

Artaxerxes

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah present the Persian Emperor Artaxerxes in a fairly confusing and...

Darius

Like Cyrus, Darius is a benevolent Persian king. When the Jews start rebuilding their...

Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great, founder of the great Persian Empire, appears at the very beginning of Ezra in...

Asaph

Asaph (not to be confused with another earlier Asaph who led the singers of Israel once upon a...

Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, Rehum the Royal Deputy, and Shimshai the Scribe

These guys are all enemies of Israel who write a letter accusing the Jews of attempting to...

Eliashib

Eliashib's a high priest who helps rebuild Jerusalem's walls. His grandson, however, becomes an...

Haggai and Zechariah

These prophets get everyone pumped to start rebuilding again after Israel's enemies temporarily...

Hanani and Hananiah

Hanani is Nehemiah's brother and Hananiah's the commander of the guard. Nehemiah leaves them both...

Jehohanan Son of Eliashib

Jehohanan is the son of the high priest Eliashib. He's portrayed as an ally of Ezra in Ezra 10;...

Jehoiada and Jehoiada's Son

Jehoiada is also a son of Eliashib, the high priest. Jehoiada's son—an unnamed man—is...

Mithredath (But Not the Bad Mithredath)

In Chapter 1 of Ezra, Cyrus tells Mithredath, the treasurer, to give Sheshbazzar the sacred...

Sanballat of Samaria, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab

This dastardly trio tries to totally disrupt the rebuilding of the temple. But they're foiled in...

Shecaniah

In Ezra 10:2-4, Shecaniah informs Ezra that people have sinned by taking foreign wives, urging...

Shemaiah and Noadiah

Shemaiah is an Israelite secretly hired by Sanballat to try to persuade Nehemiah to run and hide...

Sheshbazzar

Sheshbazzar is the Persian governor whom Cyrus entrusts with delivering the sacred vessels...

Tattenai the Governor

Tattenai is governor of "The Province Beyond the River," which includes Judah. He questions...