- In most English bibles, "Ezra" is the first part of the original Hebrew Ezra (sometimes now-called Ezra-Nehemiah).
- In the Latin Vulgate, it is called "1 Esdras".
- In original Hebrew, "Ezra" was the complete Ezra-Nehemiah book before it was divided.
- In most English bibles, "Nehemiah" is the second part of the original Hebrew Ezra (sometimes now-called Ezra-Nehemiah).
- In the Latin Vulgate, it is called "2 Esdras".
- In old Greek versions, it is called "Esdras B" and follows on from Esdras A.
Click for a full summary of the confusing historical names of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esdras 1 & 2 and Esdras A and B.
1 Esdras is called apocryphal because it is included in the Catholic Old Testament (although not in all versions) but not in the Protestant Old Testament.
1 Esdras also describes the events found in 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah but with variant texts. In this version exists the "Debate of the Three Youths", a Persian story featuring Zerubbabel, a governer under Darius. "He takes part in a debate about the nature of power and uses it to remind Darius of his obligation to allow the rebuilding of the temple."1
1. The text contents of 1 Esdras (0 verses)