The Second Jewish Temple
Nehemiah – Putting Feet to Prayers
The Book of Nehemiah recounts how Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the Persian King, led the charge to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem to protect the Jewish people living in their homeland. He partnered with Ezra, the priest, who also has a book named after him in the Bible. Faced with incredible opposition, Nehemiah prayed fervently for the success of his endeavors, but he also did specific things to partner with God and put those prayers into action, a practice called putting feet to prayers.
The history of the Second Jewish Temple is a long and fascinating one. In this Brief Bible Dive, we attempt to summarize the major events surrounding its existence from just before Nehemiah’s time as governor, through the time of Macedonia/Greek rule, the later time of Chanukah and the Maccabees, to when Jesus worshipped there, when it was destroyed by the Romans, and finally its remnants to this day.
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