The Book of Ezra, Chapter 2, The Jewish People Returned

beemanlee's picture

Most of Chapter 2 of Ezra gives The Family Name and the number returning to Judah.

"Usually" in Semitic culture, only the males are recorded in the number given. So we can probably figure that the number can be then multiplied by the average family size of the day and come somewhat close to the exact number of people going back to Judah.

"Women and children" were never counted in amount of numbers, but just referenced to. Some women never marry, and some do not have children.

Most Jewish Males were expected to marry and have children. Even those in Religious service were expected to have one wife. But that usually is not and exact Science.

Lee Ostrander, Group Manager, The Minor Prophets

willem.arie's picture

“each one to his city”. This is significant.

“each one to his city”. This is significant.

The people returning to Judah went back each one to his city. There is history behind it. Numbers 34: 2 reads as follows: Command the sons of Israel and say to them: When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan with its borders.

Joshua 13 –22 described how the land Canaan were divided according to the tribes and that each tribe received land and the Levites cities as an inheritance from God. In the Bible we read quite a few times “lot of your inheritance”

The Israelites may never alienate this inheritance. "The land shall not be sold forever; for the land is Mine. For you are strangers and pilgrims with Me." Lev 25: 23 - 38

It is beautiful described in the song of Moses Deut 32 : 7 and 8 “ Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the sons of Israel. “

Therefore the returning Jews went back to their inheritance that they have received from God.