The analysis of Ezra’s plot structure in Chapter Three identified five locations where the narrative develops the

theme of holiness. The first four are in satellite events (2:58 !" # $:% " # !:2& 22 # 8:2$ "& '. The fifth is the (ernel event of the mi)ed marria*e episode in chapters + %& . Each of these incidents illumines a different facet of Ezra’s concern for holiness.

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