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(a) A minister in the Persian King Artaxerxes' court, he returned to Israel in 335 BCE to strengthen the fledgling Jewish commonwealth. Under his leadership, the walls surrounding Jerusalem were rebuilt, increasing the city's security against its hostile neighbors. Together with Ezra, he reintroduced the observance of laws of the Torah, many of which had been forgotten in exile. (b) A common Jewish name.

Nehemiah, the book of: The second part of the Book of Ezra, describing Nehemiah's activities as the Jewish leader during the early Second Holy Temple era; often considered an independent book of Tanach.

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Entry for 'Nehemiah'. Chabad Knowledge Base. 2012.

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