The Book of Ezra Chapter 4, Opposition by The Elamites

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Most of this Chapter will cover the opposition who see this new threat of power which The Jews seem to have as they work on the restoration of The Temple with Cyrus,Xerxes and Artaxerxes. Work comes to a stop until the Second year of reign of Darius, King of Persia.

Names like Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabbl, Rehum, Shimshai, The Elamites, those whom Osnappaar deported to Sumaria are now causing a slow down in Jerusalem with the restoration of The Temple.

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I believe The Book of Esther gives and answer

PiƩrre and class,
I almost over looked the last question in your post the first time I read it, but as I re-read it today, I see it wasn't answered, so I'll do it now. I must have been tired and sleepy at the time.

I believe The Book of Esther gives and answer to this question of who this group of people may have been. But first I want to say that Shem, one of the three sons of Noah lived in the South-Western part of Iran called Susana and the city where Ezra was learning Torah. Susa(Shushan) was The Capital of The Persian Empire.

Being Semitic and also having similar language and cultural carry-overs from the distant past with things like living in the arid desert life in portable dwellings, raising sheep and Goats on this marginal type of land, migrating from the valleys up to the mountains and then back again for the winter rains(later rains) was similar.

So not only was their a similar language and culture but some were actually Jewish by Faith and were those who Haman, son of Hammedatha, the Agagite wanted to destroy. In one day in all parts of The Persian Empire with his decree and sealed with The Kings(Ahasuerus) signet ring.

This may be what was happening, from what history gives to us. The Assyrians, whos' King Esarhaddon first removed "The 10 Northern Tribes" from their lands on the west bank of The Jordan River,in 722BC. King Esarhaddon also took some "Elamites", from Southwest Persia back to Judah and some may have been distant cousins of The Removed 10 Tribes, living in South-Western Persia.

So these Elamites with a similar, Semitic language, who were eventually called Samaritans and were trying to follow the Torah with out leadership, were wanting to build their own temple but couldn't. We don't know fore sure, it may be speculation at its best, but we really don't know that much more about The Elamites.

Does this seems to be possible or what may have happened? We don't really know for sure one way or the other. So with this in mind we can only take the facts which will lead us to the truth. The People who wanted to help said they believed in the same G-d, but didn't have the correct papers to prove their Blood line so they were refused.

According to Jewish teaching these transplants to Judah who were of Persian decent, were transported from their home in Southwestern Iran to replace the Northern Kingdoms that were removed. They were the same people who had intimidated the returning people to Judah from the very first arrivals.

Harassing and intimidating are in the negative and now they are wanting to help rebuild The Temple which would be just the opposite. The opposites don't add up but cancel out, and it becomes deception and that is from Satan.

Remember Ezra is the one who sets up the Torah reading and becomes the delineation of Truth and Righteousness in Torah and the "Way" the people are to go.