Nehemiah was an exiled Jew working as a courtier and administrator in Persia, who was allowed to return to Jerusalem twice, firstly to survey its state, and having reported back to Babylon, to organize repairs. He was probably the first to return, preceding Ezra by some years.
The book covers the rebuilding of Jerusalem (chapters 1–6) and orgainising its inhabitants (chapters 7–13). Ezra and Nehemiah are combined into one book titled "2 Esdras" in the Greek Bible.
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