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

beemanlee's picture

The Time of the trip with weights and measures included

Good research, you did some very in depth coverage of the Question. I only covered just the basics and really did know the study of transportation as you explained to us, which was well described so almost anyone could see and understand.

What you mentioned is something I will remember as the facts.

10 miles a day and 3 months plus to make the trip, that is a very accurate post with weights and measures included.

I thank you for the post Piérre.