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  • n. Bible One of four books of the Vulgate, the first two of which correspond to Ezra and Nehemiah and the second two of which were rejected as apocryphal but are sometimes included as an appendix to the New Testament as 1 and 2 Esdras.

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  • proper n. any of four books of the Old Testament and Apocrypha of the Bible. Sometimes abbreviated as Esd..


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Greek from Hebrew Ezra


  • And it came to pass that a voice out of a bush called Esdras, which prophesied that God would take vengeance upon Egypt, Syria,

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  • Uriel appears in 2 Esdras, which is also part of the

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  • I’m not entirely sure why the Didache and the Apocalypse of Peter didn’t make it into the canon (and I would note they were in many earlier canons of scripture) but presumably it had to do with that they were of slightly later date than the other writings (same as with 2 Esdras, which is another powerful work).

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  • Heliobas, taking up the silver "Esdras" reliquary and preparing to leave the apartment in response to the vesper summons, said gently, "Will you attend our service, Mr. Alwyn?" he assented at once, with a pleased alacrity which somewhat astonished himself as he remembered how, on the previous evening, he had despised and inwardly resented all forms of religious observance.


  • "Esdras," said little Patience suddenly, "you've got a big hole in you."

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  • He thought of the words in the ancient book of "Esdras:" "And the Angel bade me enter a waste field, and the field was barren and dry save of herbs, and the name of the field was Ardath.


  • "Esdras" here indicated.] ninth chapter of the Second Book of


  • The disaster destroyed my country, said Esdras Hector, 27, who hoped to learn Portuguese to land a job with the UN.

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  • "I chose Brazil, and many Haitians choose Brazil, because in 2014 there will be a World Cup," said Esdras Hector, who left Haiti on 11 March and made it to the Brazilian Amazon on 15 April after a four-week pilgrimage by plane, bus and on foot.

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  • Wisdom of Solomon, Baruch, Ben Sira (Sirach) and 4 Ezra (2 Esdras) are highly relevant.

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