2 Esdras is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. It contains valuable insight into life after death, and the events leading up to end of the world.
The author of 2 Esdras claims to to be the prophet Ezra, himself. This would date the book to be around the 5th century B.C.
Some people believe that 2 Esdras was written sometime between the 1st and 3rd centuries. However, this theory is very questionable for the following reasons:
- the theory is very ambiguous, and not very specific.
- It is found in the oldest Bible known to man, the Codex Sinaiticus, which is dated in the 4th Century.
If indeed the book of 2 Esdras was written as late as the 3rd century, the leaders of the church would surely know this, and not include it in the scriptural canon in the 4th century.
When reading the New Testament, one must realize that much of the doctrines set out therein are not from direct revelation, but from per-existing doctrines found in aforewritten scripture. Knowing that, it is of utmost importance to realize that Second Esdras was written before the New Testament Era.
2 Esdras is a very important piece of the biblical puzzle. It gives us insight into how and where the New Testament characters got their theology regarding life and death, and the future of the earth.