History & Literary - Nehemiah

The next book is a continuation of that of Ezra, and therefore it is by some called the Second Book of Ezra. It was Nehemiah, however, whose name it also bears, who wrote it, as is said, by the advice of Ezra. It contains the account of the reestablishment of Jerusalem, and the temple, and the worship of God. It is the history of about thirty-one years; that is to say, from the twentieth year or the reign of Artaxerxes Longimanus, to the reign of Darius Nothus, his son, which began in the year of the world 3581.