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To Stop Nehemiah From Building The Jerusalem Wall – Jewish Aristocrats Triggered An Economic Crisis

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Neh 4:1-17 reviews the serious difficulties that arose while building the Jerusalem wall. This chapter suggests that the &t;nobles and prefects", who were Jewish aristocrats and rulers of the province Yehud Medinta and opposed reconstruction of the wall around Jerusalem as well as the ideology behind it, deliberately triggered the acute economic crisis described briefly in Neh 5:1-5.1. These Jews, who held the most senior posts in the province, except for the post of governor, wanted Nehemiah to fail. Many researchers assume that Geshem was the Arab governor of a province south of Judah. Nehemiah dared present his request to the king despite the danger that the king would question his loyalty. The national origin and religious identity of Tobiah the Ammonite have also been subject to controversy. Many researchers assume that Geshem was the Arab governor of a province south of Judah.

Keywords: economic crisis; Jerusalem wall; Jewish Aristocrats; Nehemiah; Tobiah; Yehud Medinta



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