Aleph Tav Alert: Ezra



The Book of Ezra does not specifically name its author but tradition is that the prophet Ezra was the author. The name Ezra in Hebrew means helper. It is interesting to note that once Ezra appears on the scene in the 7th chapter the author switches from writing in the third person to writing in first person. The book was most likely written between 460 and 440 B.C. and is devoted to recording the events, which occurred in the land of Israel after their return from the 70 years of Babylonian captivity, covering a period of approximately one century, and beginning in 538 B.C. The emphasis in the book is on the rebuilding of the Temple and the book contains extensive genealogical records, primarily for the purpose of establishing the claims to the priesthood by the descendants of Aaron. The entire book was supposedly written in Hebrew except for 4:8 through 6:18 and 7:12 through 26, which are written in Aramaic. Some scholars believe the whole book may have been originally written in Aramaic.

Aleph/Tav את Used in EZRA: et אֶת 0 times, אֶת־ et- 23 times, אֵת eet 0 times, אֶת־ Et- 0 times, אֵת Eet 0 time, אָתְּ aat 0 times, אַתְּ at 0 times, אַתְּ־ at- 0 time, = Total 23

Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Wa‘at וְאַתְּ 0 times, Wa‘eet וְאֵת 0 times, Wa‘et- וְאֶת־ 4 times = 4 Grand Total 27

Aleph/Tav ALERT: The Book of Ezra starts off immediately where 2 Chronicles 36 ended concerning a work the Ruach (Spirit of Elohim) began to do regarding the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem, the temple and the city wall in Ezra 1:1 which states, stirred up יהוה את Spirit of Cyrus king of Persia…to accomplish 1:5 to go up to build את House of יהוה which is in Jerusalem. We see Ezra proclaiming את feast in Ezra 3:4 And they kept also את Feast of Tabernacles…and also 6:19 And kept the children of the captivity את the Passover. We also see את as the foundation of the temple in 3:10 And when laid the foundation of the builders את the temple of יהוה, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise את יהוה after the order of David King of Israel. John proclaimed in John 1:14; the Word (Torah) became flesh, here is yet more confirmation of this truth in Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to seek את Torah of יהוה, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.