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A non-Jewish resident in Israel. He and his partners   and   offer to assist the Jews in reconstructing When their help is rejected they plot revenge by seeking to put a halt to the entire project. They convince   the Persian representative in the land, to send a letter to his king, arguing that continued building of the city of   will culminate in a rebellion against the king. This threat is believed and the king orders that all work cease.



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Son of   and his concubine .



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A gatekeeper for the sanctuary in .



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Descendants of this   return to   with   following the edict of .



father of



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The Judean king   is a righteous leader who walks in the ways of God. He sends a delegation of religious authorities on a circuit throughout the cities of   to teach Torah to the people. a is one of the instructors in that group.



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  is part of a delegation of Jews from   who bring gold and silver from their community as a donation to the Temple.   fashions crowns out of the material, one of which is given to the to wear.



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Descendants of this man come to   with   following the edict of The text states that their Jewish ancestry was uncertain.



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A Persian official based in   who, along with his partners   and harasses   comes to Israel armed with letters from the Persian king, allowing him to embark on reconstruction of the city of These he presents to   and   who are not pleased with the prospect. At first they merely mock   claiming that his plan is a rebellion against the king, and that anyway the project could not possibly succeed. However, once   and   see that indeed the Jews' work is proceeding, and that breaches in the walls are being repaired, they become angry and plan to fight the workers.   sets up a guard to protect the city from this threat: half the workers continue the labour on the wall while the other half patrol the area.   conspires with the nobles of   to bring down   even after the walls of   are completed. Another mention of   begins with the A grandson of   marries the daughter of This leads   to do a favour for 's  comrade   and provide lodging for him in the Temple.   was from the nation of   and when   hears about the arrangement he returns from   and evicts   from the Temple, arguing that an Amonite should not be residing there.



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The Judean king   is a righteous leader who walks in the ways of God. He sends a delegation of religious authorities on a circuit throughout the cities of   to teach Torah to the people. a is one of the instructors in that group.



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A Temple gate keeper who is pressured to give up his non-Jewish wife in the time of .



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Descendants of this   return to   with   following the edict of This might be the same   the gate keeper who settles in   in the time of a move which was unusual then ( : ) and who is the head of his family of   ( : ).



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Daughter of   marries one of her father's taxmen.


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