Brown analyzes Ezra's narrative structure and theological content, concluding that Ezra wrote the narrative to offer hope to his postexilic audience. External oppression and internal faithlessness had brought apparent ruin, but Ezra promises Godís blessing on holy peopleóno matter who the oppressor or how much faithlessness oneís past contains. Holiness, then, brings hope, even amidst ruin. A Bob Jones University Seminary Publication.
A. Philip Brown II (PhD, Bob Jones University) is an associate professor at Godís Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hope Amidst Ruin is the published version of his dissertation, A Literary and Theological Analysis of the Book of Ezra (2002).
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