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's picture

Adonikam and sons

Dear Lee, Yesterday I didn't want to run ahead, because we will still come to that, but: Ezra 8:13 /And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore males/. Why do you suppose Ezra, only mentioned the three-score males here?, did some turn back?, as also mentioned elsewhere?. Studying the Bible surely brings out many facets that we never think of and which induces further study.

I would love to be part of the gospael of John study group