Nothing like ANOTHER recap from a people separated by several centuries. Again I ponder how long the Bible would be if they cut out the redundancy. And don't get me started on the naming and the counting.
Several times through out the last two books, 'strange wives' are mentioned, meaning that the Israelites are marrying women from other tribes/countries. Ezra and Nehemiah reflect on the Chosen People turning away from God and the sins committed but they keep coming back to the 'strange wives' as the big problem.
It reminds me of todays Christian politicians blaming the gays and the horror of gay marriage as causing the fall of America.
The more things change...