Study of Nehemiah


The book of Nehemiah is named after its principal character, and traditional author, Nehemiah.

The author of the book is Nehemiah himself as would appear from the usage of the first person pronoun.

The Ryrie Study Bible states,


As cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I, Nehemiah’s position was a responsible one (certifying that none of the wine the king drank was poisoned) and an influential one (since such a trusted servant often became a close advisor). Having heard that the walls of Jerusalem had not been rebuilt, and having received permission from the king to go to Jerusalem to correct the situation, he demonstrated unmatched skills in leadership and organization. In 52 days the rebuilding job was completed. As governor of Judah Nehemiah exhibited humility, integrity, patriotism, energy, piety, and unselfishness. After 12 years in this capacity he returned briefly to Artaxerxes’s court (1:1; 13:6) and then returned to Judah, where he called the people to repentance.

Nehemiah is closely linked with Ezra in that both show the faithfulness of God in restoring His people to their own land after the Babylonian exile. Whereas Ezra records the rebuilding of the Temple, Nehemiah records the rebuilding of the city walls of Jerusalem.


I.   The Restoration of the City Walls, 1:1 - 7:73

     A.  Events making the restoration of the walls possible, 1:1 - 2:20

     B.  The rebuilding of the walls, 3:1 - 6:19

     C.  The watchmen set and the census taken, 7:1-73


II.  The Reforms of Ezra and Nehemiah, 8:1 - 13:31

     A.  The covenant renewed, 8:1 - 10:39

     B.  A list of those who dwelt in Jerusalem, 11:1-36

     C.  A list of the priests and Levites, 12:1-26

     D.  The dedication of the walls, 12:27-43

     E.  The Temple procedures restored, 12:44-47

     F.  Nehemiah’s second governorship and reforms, 13:1-31