Old Testament

Week 27: After the Exile

Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

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17 May 2018

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Additional reading

  • The Cyrus Cylinder, containing the proclamation issued by King Cyrus of Persia that allowed exiled peoples in Babylon to return to their homelands.
  • Dorothy Willette, “Nehemiah—The Man Behind the Wall,” Bible History Daily, last updated 17 April 2017. This short biography of Nehemiah explains who he was and how he accomplished such a great feat in so short a time.

Videos

General Conference talks on dealing with doubt and opposition to our faith:

Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Stay in the Boat and Hold On!” (October 2014).

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come, Join with Us” (October 2013).

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe” (April 2013).

Elder Carlos E. Asay, “Opposition to the Work of God” (October 1981).

Maps

Old Testament Map #83 The Conquests of Cyrus the Great

#83 The Conquests of Cyrus the Great

Old Testament Map #84 The Persian Empire

#84 The Persian Empire

Old Testament Map #85 The Returns of Jewish Exiles to Judah

#85 The Returns of Jewish Exiles to Judah (Ezra 1; 6; Nehemiah 1–3)

Old Testament Map #86 The Province of Judah and Nehemiah’s Enemies in the Fifth Century

#86 The Province of Judah and Nehemiah’s Enemies in the Fifth Century (Nehemiah 4–6; 13)