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Ez·ra 1

A Hebrew high priest of the fifth century bc who led many Jews back to Jerusalem after their Babylonian exile.

[Hebrew 'ezrā', a nickname, perhaps for 'azrî'ēl, God is my help; see ʕḏr in Semitic roots.]

Ez·ra 2

See Table at Bible.

[After Ezra.]
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1. (Bible) a Jewish priest of the 5th century bc, who was sent from Babylon by the Persian king Artaxerxes I to reconstitute observance of the Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the captivity
2. (Bible) the book recounting his efforts to perform this task
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(ˈɛz rə)

1. a Jewish scribe and prophet of the 5th century B.C.
2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ezra - a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in JerusalemEzra - a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem
2.Ezra - an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Hagiographa, Ketubim, Writings - the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
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As they tried to plan for their future, "all the people assembled with a unified purpose [and] asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses.
The exiles had returned from Babylon, the Temple had been rebuilt and rededicated, and under the leadership of Ezra the scribe and Nehemiah the provincial governor the walls of Jerusalem rose again.
When they returned to Zion in the 5th century BCE, they brought these texts with them, and Ezra the Scribe instituted the practice of public readings of the Torah.
Its setting is Jerusalem, where all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate; and they spoke unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel (Neh.