ABOUT sixteen years after the first return of the exiles from Babylon the prophetical careers of Haggai and Zechariah began almost simultaneously. The immediate aim of these two prophets was to awaken their fellow countrymen to the necessity of erecting or completing the second temple, and in the fifth and sixth chapters of Ezra they are mentioned as having been sent by God to encourage the Jews to proceed with the work of rebuilding the temple.
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