Old Testament Narrative

Fourteen years after Ezra’s arrival in Jerusalem, Nehemiah, serving as a cupbearer to the Persian king, learns of the dilapidated state of Jerusalem’s walls. He travels to Jerusalem to manage the wall reconstruction. Despite opposition from adversaries of the Jews employing various disruptive tactics, Nehemiah successfully completes the wall in time for the Feast of Tabernacles, with divine assistance. Ezra publicly reads the law, leading the people of Judah to reaffirm their commitment to it. Nehemiah’s story transitions from initial sorrow to eventual joy and celebration.