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7 - The Jewish community in Palestine in the Persian period

This chapter discusses the essential elements of the small Jewish community history in the Persian period. In view of the Chronicler's almost entire concentration upon the southern kingdom of Judah, a first stage might well be some extension of the purely Judah narratives covering the period from 722 to 587 BCE. Attempts have been made in recent years to identify stages in the evolution of the Chronicler's work, intermediate between the form of the material familiar in the Deuteronomic History and that found in the final completed work. The main source for the history of Circa period is Ezra 1 to 6; it lacks continuity and consists of elements in Hebrew and in Aramaic. Ezra is shown as commissioned by the Persian ruler to bring about a new and fuller acceptance of the Jewish law in the whole area of the Persian province of Beyond the River. The activity of Nehemiah is described in the narratives of Neh.
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