A. Philip Brown II analyzes Ezra’s literary composition and theological message in Hope Amidst Ruin. A valuable resource for Old Testament studies, Second Temple studies, and biblical theology, Hope Amidst Ruin demonstrates through literary analysis what Ezra’s historical narrative taught postexilic Israel. Brown analyzes Ezra’s chronology, plot, and point of view and develops the themes of Yahweh, holiness, and hope. His "reader’s guide" to Ezra’s theological message synthesizes theological with literary analysis and shows how the themes progress throughout the book. His conclusion presents Ezra’s value in preaching and prospects for further study. A Bob Jones University Seminary Publication. Indexes of authors and biblical references included.