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

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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

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Ezra 2:3-35 The List of People returning/a genealogical register

In the next 32 verses we have a list of all the family names and the count of males returning, in 536 BC.

Nemiah7:5-38, also gives this very same list with the exception of Nahamani. There are some copy errors between the two text amount of numbers of peoples and the spelling of the names.

OK, lets read the Family names and amounts

The number of the men of the people of Israel:
3 the people of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;
4 the people of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two;
5 the people of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five;
6 the people of Pahath-Moab, of the people of Jeshua [and] Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve;
7 the people of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
8 the people of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five;
9 the people of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty;
10 the people of Bani, six hundred and forty-two;
11 the people of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three;
12 the people of Azgad, one thousand two hundred and twenty-two;
13 the people of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six;
14 the people of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six;
15 the people of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four;
16 the people of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety-eight;
17 the people of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three;
18 the people of Jorah, one hundred and twelve;
19 the people of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three;
20 the people of Gibbar, ninety-five;
21 the people of Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three;
22 the men of Netophah, fifty-six;
23 the men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight;
24 the people of Azmaveth, forty-two;
25 the people of Kirjath Arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;
26 the people of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one;
27 the men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two;
28 the men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three;
29 the people of Nebo, fifty-two;
30 the people of Magbish, one hundred and fifty-six;
31 the people of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
32 the people of Harim, three hundred and twenty;
33 the people of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five;
34 the people of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five;
35 the people of Senaah, three thousand six hundred and thirty.

A point to remember, that in spite of Israel's disobedience, defiance and unfaithfulness, G-d compassionately forgave, saved and restored the people returning to Judah.

This is called Redemption of life and Restoration of property. All done with secular leaders who G-d called to do a job for Him.

G-d kept His promise. The Promise made many years earlier to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Sealed with a Covenant of separation from the world, by the separation of themselves from their foreskins.

We are called today in the same way G-d called Abraham. We now are under the New Covenant, which is like what G-d gave Abraham and Jeremiah spoke about and was locked in jail for. It's the New Covenant of The Heart. Jeremiah 4:4

Circumcise yourselves to the L-RD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Or else My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds

This is a Pursuit of Holiness, G-d is calling all of us to. He wants all to be restored and sends a message of hope and redemption to us all. We all are being called but not all will answer this Call G-d is putting out.

Ezra is sending this very same message to us, today, as he did in this Book we are reading about from 536 BC. G-d has not changed His mind, ever. Men do it all the time, but not G-d, and not ever!

It was Torah that Ezra used to teach with. The Books are still used today to do this with! G-d is calling and only those who hear the words He is speaks will follow.

I'm a G-d seeker...Lee... I hope YOU are too...