The complete assembly returning (Neh 7:66-7:69)

“The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred sixty, besides their male and female slaves, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty-seven. They had two hundred forty-five male and female singers. They had seven hundred thirty-six horses, two hundred forty-five mules, four hundred thirty-five camels, and six thousand seven hundred twenty donkeys.”

This is exactly the same as Ezra, chapter 2. Once again, the numbers do not add up to 42,360. However, there was never any indication that these were all the people. There also were 7,337 servants or slaves that included 245 and not 240 male and female singers as in Ezra. This is the only change in numbers. All the other numbers are exactly the same. They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6, 720 donkeys. They certainly had a lot of transportation animals. This also assumes that they all started out at the same place, which is unnamed. This was a group like a mini-Exodus from Egypt, of about 50,000 people with nearly 7,000 animals. However, there was no mention of sheep or cattle.

 

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