by Harley Howard

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The Book of Ezra (3 of 8)
Chapter 2
Dr. Harley Howard

Ezra 2

1. Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of
the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto
Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one
unto his city;

2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah,
Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The
number of the men of the people of Israel: {Seraiah: also called,
Azariah} {Reelaiah: or, Raamiah} {Mispar: or, Mispereth} {Rehum:
or, Nehum}

Zerubbabel began the first exodus from captivity to Jerusalem. As
we said at the introduction, this was first of three groups that went
back to Jerusalem from the captivity. Jeshua was head of a
Levitical house which returned from captivity in Babylon. Nehemiah,
not the govenor who would lead the remnant back to the land 80
years later, but this Nehemiah was one of the 12 heads of the
people who returned from exile with Zerubbabel. Seriah was a
Levite or a priest. Mordecai was not the one that we will discover in
Ester. He was just one of those who returned to Jerusalem. The
rest of the names in this verse are also men who returned with

3 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and

The first list that we see is a list of families that returned with
Zerubbabel. Others from this same family returned with Ezra later.

4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

From the family of Shephtah 372

5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.

Arah was a prominent family head. 775.

6 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua [and]
Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

Of the family of Pahathmoab, of the chidren of Jeshua, a head of a
Levitical house, and of Joab, 2812.

7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty a ...

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