[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53 read within the book as a whole

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Wed May 26 20:26:08 EDT 2004

Dear Liz,

>The king's edicts, once spoken, are the will of the god,
>and cannot be changed.
>This also goes for the king's satraps, governors, etc.
>They represent the king, speak in his name, and in the name
>of the god.
>This is why I see Ezra coming after Nehemiah. Ezra
>grants immunities to the priests and temple personnel,
>but in Nehemiah you see them working on the city wall.
>Work on the wall is liturgia, corvée labor. In order
>for that to have occurred under Nehemiah (and under the
>satrap, Neh. 3:7), Nehemiah must have been governor prior
>to the priests having received exemptions from the king
>in the time of Ezra. This is also why some officials
>reported to Ezra upon his arrival that there were intermarriages
>going on. Nehemiah had already forbade them, but other officials
>were engaged in them anyway. THis is the rebellion.
>Nehemiah's edicts were the law of the god and the king.

HH: The priests were working on the wall because 
they loved their country. They loved God and 
their country. They were part of a team that the 
returned Israelites formed under Nehemiah.

				Harold Holmyard

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