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When the intrepid Time Traveller finds himself in the year 802, 701 he encounters a seemingly utopian society of evolved human beings but then unearths the dark secret that sets mankind on course towards its inevitable destruction.
The author gives special attention to the perplexing scholarly problems associated with their form, structure, and literary history. Williamson also focuses on sections of these books commonly referred to as the "Ezra Memoir" and the "Nehemiah Memoir." He notes the specifically theological purpose of such sections, in which the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple are defended against the enemies, and the leaders of Israel plead for recognition of their faithfulness to the commission given them by God through the Persian kings.
The author undertakes a theological reading which emphasizes its character as narrative and story. He avoids rearranging the text and, with the exception of chapter five of Nehemiah, he seeks to understand the narrative as it was received. Throntveit avoids an overly historical approach to the text and presents a clear picture of Ezra and Nehemiah.