[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53 read within the book as a whole
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Wed May 26 23:36:33 EDT 2004
> > HH: Why do you think Nehemiah was building that wall? Was it because
>> he worked for the Persian governor?
>Nehemiah didn't work for the Persian governor, he was the Persian governor.
>He worked for the satrap and the king.
HH: Sorry, I meant the Persian king.
>Harold, do you realize that you are reading this from Nehemiah's point
>of view? Nehemiah, the Persian governor, was the one who wrote this.
>Do you think you might get another point of view if someone else wrote
>it? Nehemiah came to Judah to install a Persian garrison in it, a birah.
>But you only see one side.
>Read the first chapter of First Maccabees. Then you will get the
>perspective of the local population when the foreign monarch
>installed a birah, an akra in the city. You will realize the
>true feelings of the population. The purpose of a birah is for
>the installation of Persian soldiers. These were the soldiers
>the elite cavalry commanders of the Persian army that Nehemiah
>brought with him. I suspect that Nehemiah is a rab shakah. That
>literally means "cupbearer", but the cupbearer is the title
>of a military commander. Nehemiah brought soldiers with him.
>They held spears and were armed, these were Nehemiah's "boys,"
>na'arim, his servants who were at his disposal to build the
>wall, to guard the people, to force them to build. THey also
>guarded the wall during Shabbat.
>Whether the people wanted to or not, it was forced labor.
HH: Liz, I am reading it from the Holy Spirit's perspective:
2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
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