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Hope Amidst Ruin: A Literary and Theological Analysis of Ezra
The book of Ezra deals with building the second temple, restoring the worship of Yahweh, and breaking the habits that undermined Israel's spiritual integrity. In Hope Amidst Ruin, A. Philip Brown II analyzes the book's use of chronology, plot, and point of view, demonstrating that Ezra composed this historical narrative to teach postexilic Israel about the goodness and ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by BJU Press
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Hands-down, it's the best resource available on Ezra, including the treatments of Kidner, McConville, Williamson, Fensham, etc. You're not really getting a good feel for Ezra's metanarrative without engaging this work. This is one of the first dissertations I read from cover to cover, and I'm glad it's finally in print in book format. It's a rare combination of scholarship and pastoral insight. I had the choice opportunity to sit under Phil while he taught Greek, and the last language class I ...more