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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Creation can not contain G-d, Yet He Lives in one who answers

Ed,
A good response and answers.

Most of what we know about G-d comes to us by reading what someone else has experienced and written down.

I do believe G-d wants each one He Calls to experience Him working in them. I believe most of the Early Church had this same understanding about G-d. This is why Faith is so important to a Christian's life.
Lee...




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