When Cyrus king of Persia defeated the Babylonians, the God of Israel stirred up his spirit to proclaim throughout his kingdom that he had been appointed to rebuild Yahweh’s temple. Cyrus also declared that whoever belonged to the people of Yahweh might go up to Jerusalem in Judah.
Jerusalem Bound! continues the story of the wise man Daniel’s adopted grandson, Seth, and his household when they feel God has called them to restore his temple. They decide to make the perilous journey as part of a trading caravan financed by the Jewish bankers that Seth works for headed to Phoenicia. Subsequently Ezra the priest-scribe is granted favor by Artaxerxes king of Persia to lead a group of Judean exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem, where he diligently instructs the Jews how to live according to the Law of Moses.
Years later Artaxerxes sends his cupbearer, Nehemiah, to Jerusalem as governor. Defying the enemies of his people, Nehemiah rebuilds the city wall and restores public worship. All the while, the inspired prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi faithfully preach God’s message of comfort and conviction to the returnees.
About B. G. Brainard (Portland, Oregon Author)
B. G. Brainard’s passion as an historical fiction author is to bring the Hebrew Scriptures to life one book at a time in the Midrashic style of filling in the white spaces of the biblical narrative that God intentionally left blank within the known parameters of the biblical story and historical record through meticulous ancient Near East research and numerous excursions to the Middle East. She lives in Oregon with her husband, three hundred orchids, and a little red barn.