Author: Not stated but traditionally attributed to Ezra the priest (7:11).
Date: Approximately 530 BC to the mid-400s BC.
In Ten Words or Less: Spiritual renewal begins after the Jews return from exile.
Details: About a half century after Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and carried Jews into captivity, Persia is the new world power. King Cyrus allows a group of exiles to return to Judah to rebuild the temple. Some 42,000 people return and resettle the land. About seventy years later, Ezra is part of a smaller group that also returns. He teaches the law to the people, who have fallen away from God to the point of intermarrying with nearby pagan nations, something that was strictly forbidden by Moses (Deuteronomy 7:1-3).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.