Millennia ago, the cupbearer to the most powerful king in the world requested a 12-year leave to defend his struggling native people from would-be attackers. Despite countless attempts at his life, this cupbearer succeeded in building a defensive wall around the city and ensuring the survival of the Jews in Jerusalem.
The biblical history of Nehemiah is so compelling and descriptive that many have doubted its accuracy. Yet numerous individuals, including Nehemiah’s foremost adversaries, are proven historical figures. On today’s program, we talk with Christopher Eames about what the Elephantine Papyri tell us about the time of Nehemiah.