2. Whether its Author is Ezra?
Moreover, it is received as the common opinion both of the Hebrews, and of the Christians, that the Author of these books is Ezra. The Hebrews also placed these books, as written after the captivity and more recently, in the last place after the book of Ezra. Now, that they were written by Ezra, they argue, both because the last words of the books of Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 36:23, are the same as those that are found at the beginning of the book of Ezra, Ezra 1:1: and because, that they were written after the captivity, the same words, which commemorate the liberation under Cyrus, allow no doubt: and because the Lists of Names in the first Chapters unto the ninth are similar to those Lists that are found in Ezra 2; 8; 10. Nevertheless, because in 1 Chronicles 3:21, etc., the genealogy is extended beyond the times of the Maccabees, thence it is gathered, either that these books were written after Ezra, or that someone other than Ezra at least placed those words at the end of the chapter.