Our Bible study for the week of December 2nd is on Ezra & Nehemiah. Below is a link to the video, along with the Bible passages we read with the discussion questions. If you want to add your comments and perhaps start on online conversation about these texts, visit our Facebook page and find the post for this Bible study.

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READINGS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 EZRA

READ 1:1-11          How are we reminded in this passage that God is the God of all nations? How are we reminded that the people of Israel have a special role to play? What would it be like for these people to return home after 50 years?

 READ 3:8-13          Why would this be a moment of such mixed emotions for the people of Israel, especially the elders?

 READ 4:1-5            What factors might be at work here in the refusal of the people of Judah to work with their fellow Jews?

READ 6:13-18         How is Judah being rebuilt both literally and figuratively?

 READ 7:8-10          What restoration project is underway now?

 READ 10:1-2          Why is intermarriage with foreigners such a big issue?

                               How is this different from the story of Ruth?

 NEHEMIAH

 READ 8:1-12          What have Ezra and Nehemiah accomplished together?

 READ 13:15-30       Would you describe Nehemiah’s ministry as successful? Why or why not? What do you think is the theological or spiritual significance of these books?