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Fifth and Sixth Books of Esra
The Book of Ezra is a book of the Hebrew Bible whose subject is the Return to Zion following the close of the Babylonian captivity. Ezra is written to fit a schematic pattern in which the God of Israel inspires a king of Persia to commission a leader from the Jewish community to carry out a mission; three successive leaders carry out three such missions, the first rebuilding the Temple, the second purifying the Jewish community, and the third sealing of the holy city itself behind a wall.

Ezra probably appeared in its earliest version around 399 BC, and continued to be revised and edited for several centuries before being accepted as scriptural in the early Christian era.

Year: 150-250 AD
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