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An overview of the background to the post-exilic books including the necessity of the temple and the role of the Persian empire in it’s rebuilding.


The Return:  Background to the Post-Exilic Books


I.  1 Chronicles 9

A.  The Genealogies

B.  Importance of Rebuilding the Temple

C.  Major problems because the temple was destroyed


II.  The Persian Empire

A.  Attitude toward conquered territories

B.  The Decree of Cyrus

C.  Syncretism of Cyrus


III.  Chronological Order