The First Book of Esdras parallels the account given in 2 Chronicles 35—36, Ezra, and Nehemiah 6—8, although there are omissions, additions, and variations in both order and detail. The most distinctive new material is the debate before the emperor in chapters 3 and 4.
Outline of Contents
Josiah and the fall of Jerusalem 1.1—5.8
The return from exile 2.1–30
The debate of the bodyguards before the emperor 3.1—4.63
The Temple rebuilt and dedicated 5.1—7.15
Ezra returns with other exiles 8.1—9.55