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

Djacque's picture

...something familiar both to Moses and to the people...

What would be more natural than for God to speak to people in ways they understood? This is evidence of His wisdom as well as His compassion.

Along these lines, the magi who came to celebrate the Jewish King's birth also crosses my mind as an example of this very thing. They were probably skilled in astrology, so God spoke to them in that way--a manner that they understood. (Little is known from Scripture about them, but a lot of secular history is available to fill in general details.)