The Book of Haggai
The book is named for its author, and the name means "festal" or "festival."
In 538 B.C. Cyrus issued a decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. The Samaritans and other neighbors opposed the project vigorously and managed to halt work until Darius the Great became king. Haggai began to preach in Darius's second year.
Haggai was a prophet who, along with Zechariah, encouraged the returned exiles to rebuild the temple. Based on 2:3, Haggai may have witnessed the destruction of Solomon's temple. If so, he was about 80 years old during his ministry recorded in this book. The messages of Haggai were given during a four-month period in 520 B.C.
(2:5). The building of the temple in Jerusalem was finished in 515 B.C.
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