I & II Esdras Audiobook, by Robert Bagley Play Audiobook Sample

I & II Esdras Audiobook

I & II Esdras Audiobook, by Robert Bagley Play Audiobook Sample
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95
$9.95 for new members!(Includes UNLIMITED podcast listening) Add to Cart learn more
Regular Price: $15.95 Add to Cart
Read By: Steve Cook Publisher: Author's Republic Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781518962882

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:


Longest Chapter Length:

16:04 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

27 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

08:08 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:


Publisher Description

Found in the Apocrypha, The Books of I & II Esdras use supplemental materials taken from II Chronicles and Nehemiah to revise the book of Ezra, which is contained in the Bible. Esdras is the Greek form of Ezra, which is Hebrew. The story about the King of Persia questioning the three young men is found in this book as well. The King asks the three to enter into a debate over his question, “What is the strongest thing in the world?” He promises to reward the winner with a prize. This book is not included in the Roman Catholic Bible.

In The Book of 2 Esdras, Ezra has conversations with angels who are sent to him so he can question them about theology. There is an amazing account that describes the loss of all Hebrew Scriptures during the Babylonian exile of the Jews. In the story, Ezra recites these Scriptures perfectly, inspired by God. Ezra dictates the Scriptures to five scribes exactly. He also dictated seventy secret books which were to be read only by wise people. Second Esdras is said to be included as one of these seventy additional books.

Understanding the Importance of the Apocrypha:

In modern times, the Apocrypha has only been excluded from the Old Testament in some Protestant publications. The idea that these books are forbidden is viewed both as myth and fact by many Christian scholars, with the reasonable course left in the midst of divided opinion being to study and understand these books. The New Testament is said tocontain many references to the books of the Apocrypha, and Christians today must be knowledgeable about them. Jesus himself is said to reference texts from the Apocrypha using the Old Testament language which was familiar to those he was teaching. There are many comparisons which can be made between specific New Testament texts and related Apocrypha texts.

It is also interesting to note that the Apostolic Fathers of the Early Church referenced the Apocrypha, and quoted from it as they did the Old Testament. It was hard not to do so, as the Jewish Old Testament included the Apocrypha.

Much debate over which books should be considered part of the scripture continued as history evolved and time moved further away from the era in which the original texts were written. Various church councils made different decisions about what should be included and which should not, and these decisions are reflected in history. But, ALL Christians who are serious about their walk in the Christian faith should read the Apocrypha, ponder its place in Christian history, compare what the great church scholars have said concerning it, consider why Jesus himself referred to it, and understand its significant contributions to the ultimate message of salvation made available by Jesus the Messiah.

Download and start listening now!

I & II Esdras Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!

About Robert Bagley

Robert J. Bagley III holds a Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal and public communications from Bowling Green State University of Ohio and a Masters of Art in theological studies from Northeastern Seminary–Rochester, NY. He is a trained preacher and lay-pastor which he does voluntarily for churches across the country. Robert has owned several businesses in his twenties and then went into corporate sales for the last twenty years. In those rolls, he has been an executive sales person, a Regional Vice President of sales, a Director of Sales Training, and most recently a Senior Vice President of Sales with fortune 500 companies and a privately owned company respectively in the flooring industry.

About Steve Cook

Steve Cook is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.