The Book of Ezra Chapter 4, Opposition by The Elamites

beemanlee's picture

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.

Djacque's picture

...Isaac/Ishmael, Jacob/Esau...

This has started me thinking about how close even an extended family would be over time across hostile, political bounderies.

Close ties existed over many miles and several generations in the choice of wives for Isaac (Rebekah) and Jacob (Rachel & Leah). (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob)

Then we have Lot's descendents who are held up as enemies of God in Psalm 83 and elsewhere.

Obviously no hard and fast rule, but this tie was evident politically from time to time.