Ezra is quite the storyteller, and I’m loving it. He takes what he knows, compiles it and brings to life the events that took place by adding dialogue. Is he taking some liberties? Probably. But it’s just fantastic. We know most of these tales because they are explained in more detail in books like 1 and 2 Samuel, but we didn’t see much of this dialogue in those books, and we can safely assume that even the historians who kept track of happenings long before Ezra certainly didn’t rove around like reporters recording direct quotes from people. The style in which this book is written, however, gives it some pizazz. The Chronicles might have a reputation for making people yawn, but we can see that they actually contain some good stuff! I hope you are seeing that anyway. If not, we’ll keep digging.
Writing prompt: dig in
I kind of noticed the writing style more than the story itself today. What did you notice? Dig into this little chapter and write about some minute (that’s my-noot) details to which the rest of us might not have paid a lick of attention.