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I ~. DATE OF COMPLETION OF THE TEMPLE. C. C. 518. c. 514). C. C. 515-14 that Darius could have ordered the search. C. S 17, when the authority of Darius was in great measure re-established throughout his empire. Without doubt, much had been done in the work of rebuilding the temple before the interference of Tatnai, and it is possible that the work was continued in spite of it. The authority of Darius and his satrap could not as yet have been very powerful in Palestine, though the period of anarchy was now over, and relations were again established between the Jews at Jerusalem and their brethren in Baby10nia.
I t has been contended that the Book of Ezra is a compilation, only parts of which, such as the last four chapters, come from the pen of Ezra himself. Much stress has been laid on the interchange of the first and second personal pronouns in the second part of the book, from the seventh chapter to the end. The fact, too, that some portions of the work are written in Chaldee and other portions in Hebrew has been used as an argument against the unity of authorship; and attempts have been made to show that a contradiction exists between the fourth chapter and those which follow.
The authority of Darius and his satrap could not as yet have been very powerful in Palestine, though the period of anarchy was now over, and relations were again established between the Jews at Jerusalem and their brethren in Baby10nia. I It is noticeable that the Jews were excited by the words of the prophets to set to work once more at the restoration of the temple just at the very time when the dissolution of the Persian Empire seemed an accomplished fact. It was while Darius was engaged in the siege of Babylon, and the provinces on all sides were shaking off his yoke, that the message of God came to Haggai and Zechariah.