We get yet another account of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. This one is again devoid of the LORD and therefore devoid of killing! Make for easier reading by us Atheists!
There is a certain sense of paranoia in this writing, and not without cause.When the Jews start rebuilding the city, the neighboring kingdoms get a little worried, perhaps remembering the past bloodshed brought on by the children of Israel in their bid to claim the promised land. Is another war just around the corner?
Chapter 7 seems to be full of contradictions with the accounts of Ezra. I'm sure an apologist can explain why the inspired word of God (as recorded by man) can't keep census numbers straight or do simple addition.