Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

Get access

(1,091 words)

Ezra (ʿUzayr) is identified in the Jewish sources as a high priest and scribe who helped to rebuild the Temple after returning from Babylonian exile with a number of Jewish families. He is seen as a highly pious and learned person who directed the religious life of the Jewish community, first in Babylon and then, later on, in Jerusalem (q.v.). Modern scholarly opinion considers Ezra a lettered man with spiritual tendencies who was a functionary of the Persian state which sent him to Palestine around the fourth century b.c.e. in order to promote the political authority of Persian rule.

Only on…

Cite this page
Abu-Rabiʿ, Ibrahim M., “Ezra”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00143>

▲   Back to top   ▲